Yezidi MP Mahma Khalil expresses concern over early end to UNITAD mission

BAGHDAD — Despite many Yezidi victims remaining missing or displaced, the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) announced the possibility of prematurely concluding its mission before completing investigations.

Mahma Khalil, a Yezidi Member of Iraqi Parliament, voiced concern, stating that the potential conclusion of the UNITAD mission would be a severe blow to the Yezidis, who were among the most severely affected victims of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Khalil attributed the potential conclusion of the UNITAD mission to the strained relations between Baghdad and the United Nations. He urged Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani to take action to extend the UNITAD mission.

Highlighting the significance of extending the UNITAD mission, Khalil emphasized that it would lead to the gathering of more information and documents regarding ISIS crimes. These documents could then be utilized by the government in international courts to hold accountable the countries, organizations, and parties that supported ISIS.

Additionally, Khalil underscored the importance of the Iraqi government demanding compensation for all crimes committed by ISIS in Shigur (Shengal / Sinjar) and other areas from which ISIS elements originated.