Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Office in Geneva Mohsen Naziri-Asl speaking on behalf of the NAM denounced the ISIL crimes during a special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) on Iraq.
The Iranian envoy, whose country chairs the movement, expressed deep concern over the organized and widespread violations of human rights by ISIL terrorists, especially in Iraq.
He said the massacre of women and children, religious and ethnic cleansing as well as the destruction of religious sites by the ISIL and its affiliated groups amounted to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“NAM believes that the trans-border nature of the ISIL and other groups affiliated to it, and their crimes pose a threat to regional peace and stability and that the persistence of such crimes will endanger regional and international peace and security,” the envoy said.
He stressed respect for Iraq’s national sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, praising the Baghdad government’s fight against terrorism and extremism.
He called upon the international community to help the Iraqi government fight terrorist groups and restore peace, stability and security to the country.
The ISIL terrorists have threatened various communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians and Izadi Kurds, during their advances in Iraq.
They have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they have captured, including the mass execution of civilians.
The Iraqi army has been engaged in fierce fighting with the ISIL militants to push them out of the captured areas.
On Monday, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) accepted a resolution to send an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate crimes committed by ISIL militants.