Daesh could be trafficking human organs in Iraq: UN envoy
Thousands of people have been killed and displaced across Iraq due to Daesh violence. (AFP/File)
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The Iraqi ambassador to the United Nations says the country has evidence of possible organ trafficking by the ISIL terrorists.
The Iraqi government has found evidence of possible organ trafficking by the ISIL terrorists in recent weeks in mass graves containing 10 to 20 bodies each, said Iraq’s Ambassador to the UN Mohamed Ali Alhakim at a UN Security Council session in New York on Tuesday, adding that the bodies had incisions on their backs.
“Some of the bodies we have found are mutilated, some parts are missing,” Alhakim said. “Why would a part be missing? It’s another form of financing.”
"These terrorist groups have desecrated all human values. They have committed the most heinous criminal terrorist acts against the Iraqi people whether Shia, Sunni, Christians, Turkmen, Shabak or Yazidis,” he stated.
“These are in fact crimes of genocide committed against humanity that must be held accountable before international justice,” Alhakim added.
The Iraqi envoy also said the militants had killed ten doctors in the past weeks for refusing to remove organs from bodies.
The 15-member UN body adopted a resolution on February 12 aimed at blocking off the revenues of the group operating in Syria and Iraq.
In his final address to the Security Council as special representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, Nikolay Mladenov said that while the ISIL continued to commit severe crimes against men, women and children, the country’s political, community and religious leaders had “coalesced to save their country from terror”.
Mladenov further expressed concerns about the safety of the civilians in ISIL-controlled regions. He said stakes are particularly high for thousands of women and children still in captivity of the terrorists.
The UN envoy to Iraq said that 60 percent of humanitarian operations in Iraq were likely to shut down or be curbed unless funding was received in the coming weeks.
The ISIL militants took control of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2014 before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland. Militants had earlier captured some areas in neighboring Syria.
Mladenov went on to say that violence left at least 12,000 civilians dead and more than 23,000 people injured in 2014 alone as a result of the violence perpetrated by the militants.
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