Iraq: Islamic State

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th April 2016.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 April (HL7332), what financial and technical assistance they are providing to the Kurdistan Regional Government in its efforts to document the evidence of mass graves and genocide committed by Daesh.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State

We are aware of reports that mass graves have been discovered in northern Iraq. The relevant authorities in the Kurdistan Regional government (KRG) have not requested us to send forensic teams to investigate these reports, and we have no plans to do so.

We condemn in the strongest terms the targeting and persecution of Yezidis, Christians and other communities by Daesh. We continue to urge the Government of Iraq and the KRG to do all it can to ensure the security and rights of all communities in Iraq.

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