Isil continuing genocide against Yazidis warns UN

Isil is committing an ongoing genocide against Yazidi men, women and children in Syria, the United Nations said on Thursday as it called for the case to be referred to the International Criminal Court. 
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria report - entitled ‘They Came to Destroy’ - describes the mass killing of men and boys who refused to convert to Islam, their throats cut or heads severed in front of wives and daughters who then disappeared into a network of sexual torture and slavery.
“Genocide has occurred and is ongoing”, said Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the UN Commission, as he described one of the darkest chapters in a war that has seen civilians gassed to death and starved in their homes.

Carla Del Ponte, a member of the UN commission producing the report, said it was viewed as a “roadmap for prosecution”. The document says the UN Security Council should “consider engaging its Chapter 7 powers" - which could authorize a further use of force against Isil.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), systematically killed, captured or enslaved thousands of Yazidis when it overran the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq in August 2014.
The report - based on interviews with survivors, smugglers and medical personnel - said Isil had systematically captured Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, seeking to "erase their identity" through a campaign of genocide.
It was a historic designation, marking the first time the UN has recognised genocide carried out by a non-state actor, rather than a state or paramilitaries acting on its behalf.



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