Security Council renews mandate of UN investigative team for IS crimes in Iraq

UN Security Council holds a meeting on the Iraq issue at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, March 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

United Nations, Sep 16 (IANS) The UN Security Council adopted a resolution to renew the mandate of a UN investigative team for crimes committed by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq.

Resolution 2651, which won the unanimous support of the 15-member council, on Thursday decides to extend the mandate of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/Islamic State (UNITAD) for a year, till September 17, 2023.

Any further extension of UNITAD’s mandate will be decided at the request of the Iraqi government or any other government that has requested the team to collect evidence of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide, committed by the IS in its territory, says the resolution.

The resolution requests the special adviser, who heads UNITAD, to continue to submit and present reports to the Security Council on the team’s activities every 180 days, Xinhua news agency reported.

UNITAD was authorised by the Security Council in September 2017 to support Iraq’s efforts in holding the IS accountable for the crimes the terrorist group committed in Iraq. The team became fully operational in November 2019.

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