UN Security Council Moves to Probe Crimes of ISIS

Last week the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a resolution establishing a new investigative team aimed at collecting and preserving evidence of war crimes and genocidal actions taken by ISIS. Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, welcomed the vote and said, “By taking this important step towards holding ISIS accountable for its many unspeakable crimes, we can achieve justice. And that, in time, will hopefully begin a process of healing.”

Prominent human rights attorney Amal Clooney, who had promoted the effort and was present for the Security Council vote, also praised the UN action in a piece for HuffPost. “In doing so, the UN sends a message to ISIS terrorists that if they commit genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity, they will be put on trial. And it tells victims that they may finally have their day in court,” she said.

Ambassador Haley called the resolution “landmark” and said, “It is a major first step towards addressing the death, suffering, and injury of the victims of crimes committed by ISIS in Iraq – crimes that include genocide.”

Notably, at Proclaim 17, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, the NRB Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution in support of brothers and sisters in Christ in the Middle East. In particular, the Board declared its solidarity with those persecuted and called on “NRB members and their constituents to urge the United States to take decisive action in defense of Christians threatened by genocide.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: September 29, 2017

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