The so-called Islamic State (ISIL or ISIS) is committing ‘genocide’ against Yazidis in Syria and Iraq, according to UN investigators.
“ISIS abuse of Yazidi men, women and children amounts to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The genocide is ongoing. From the day of the attack on Sinjar until today,” said Paulo Pinheiro, of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry for Syria.
“ISIS has vehemently sought to erase the Yazidis through killing, sexual slaveries, enslavement, torture, inhumane and degrading treatment and forceable transfer, causing serious bodily and mental harm.”
The UN investigators have called for prosecution in the International Criminal Court.
The Yazidi community numbers around 400,000.
The UN said in its report that “no other religious group present in ISIL-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria has been subjected to the destruction that the Yazidis have suffered.”