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HRC28 Iraq: Denmark condemns the human rights violations committed by ISIL and urges the government to protect persons under its jurisdiction

Mr President

Denmark fully aligns the statement made by the EU.
We thank the office of the High Commissioner for its report on the human rights situation in Iraq.

Denmark strongly condemns the appalling crimes and human rights violations committed by the so called “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” that point to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

We are alarmed by crimes committed by ISIL against minorities in ISIL held areas in Iraq. We are furthermore shocked by atrocities committed by ISIL against women and children, including cases of sexual and gender-based violence. Denmark calls upon the international community to stand united and collectively engaged in the fight against ISIL.

We are further deeply concerned about the alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law by the Iraqi Security Forces and shia-militias  in their efforts to defeat ISIL. Denmark urges the Iraqi Government to hold perpetrators accountable, to exercise due diligence in protecting persons under its jurisdiction and to ensure respect for international humanitarian and human rights law in the on-going armed conflict.

Denmark welcomes any further investigations of the situation in Iraq by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and will contribute to ensuring that this issue remains on the agenda of the Human Rights Council. How can we as member states further assist you in your work?



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