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Iraq: UNITAD Briefing

Tomorrow (2 December), the Security Council will convene for a briefing on the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD). Christian Ritscher, the Special Adviser and Head of UNITAD, is expected to brief.

UNITAD was created by resolution 2379 of September 2017, which requested the Secretary-General to establish an investigative team to support Iraq’s domestic efforts to hold the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) accountable “by collecting, preserving, and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide”. UNITAD is headed by a Special Adviser who, among other matters, is responsible for developing UNITAD’s investigative strategy and promoting accountability globally for atrocity crimes committed by ISIL. Resolution 2597, which was adopted on 17 September, extended UNITAD’s mandate to 17 September 2022.

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