The Takfiri group ISIL may have committed genocide in trying to wipe out the Yazidi minority in Iraq, a UN report said Thursday.
ISIL “may have committed all three of the most serious international crimes — namely war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide,” the United Nations human rights office said in a statement.
The agency published a horrifying report detailing a litany of crimes and atrocities committed by the Takfiris, including killings, torture, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers.
All of these crimes, it said, are violations of international human rights and humanitarian law, and some may amount to “crimes against humanity” and “war crimes”.
The report, which is based on interviews with more than 100 witnesses and survivors of attacks in Iraq between June 2014 and February 2015, especially highlights brutal ISIL attacks on ethnic and religious groups, including Yazidis, Christians, Turkmen, Kurds and Shia.
According to the report, the attacks appeared intended “to destroy the Yazidi as a group,” which “strongly suggests” ISIL is guilty of “genocide” against the Yazidi.