IRAQ – No justice for Christian genocide survivors in prosecutions of former IS fighters

Source:  www.barnabasaid.org

Date:  December 21, 2017

Survivors of Islamic State’s genocide against Christians are not receiving justice in government trials of militants, which will not result in “credible prosecution of those responsible for the most serious crimes,” Human Rights Watch has uncovered.

Former Islamic State fighters are currently being tried under counter terror laws “without any distinction or prioritization based on the gravity of the offenses they are accused of committing.” Authorities have made “no efforts to solicit victims’ participation in the trials,” meaning Christians have not been able to give evidence as witnesses.

Islamic State jihadists responsible for the genocide against Christians are not being held accountable for their crimes

The use of counter terror laws to secure convictions, rather than more complex charges, appears to be an effort to clear a large backlog of cases. But it has left victims side-lined and raises the prospect that the perpetrators of the genocide against Christians and other minorities may never be held fully accountable.

From Human Rights Watch here

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