Islamic State: Yazidis

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his UN counterpart on accelerating the work of the investigative team on the enslavement of Yazidi women and girls by Daesh.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​The UN Investigative Team that will gather evidence of Daesh's crimes in Iraq has been set up and is preparing for its deployment to Iraq. It will gather evidence of Daesh crimes, including those against the Yezidi community; it aims to secure justice for all Daesh's victims, regardless of their religion or belief.

The Team is following established UN processes in order to prepare for deployment. We are in regular contact with the UN and the Head of the Team to ensure the Team deploys as quickly as possible, and to ensure that the Team is sufficiently prepared for its deployment in order to be effective. The Special Adviser leading the Team has visited Iraq twice to meet with the Government of Iraq to prepare the ground for his important work.

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