Australian Permanent Mission and Consulate-General
Switzerland, Liechtenstein


Human Rights Council - 28th Regular Session

Interactive Dialogue on OHCHR report on Iraq

Australian statement

25 March 2015

The horrific atrocities committed by Daesh (also known as ISIL) and associated groups in Iraq underscore the danger this terrorist group poses to human rights and to international security, and the importance of international efforts to counter it.

While the conclusions of the report before us are unfortunately not unexpected, this does not make them any less shocking – pointing to Daesh war crimes and crimes against humanity, and possible genocide against the Yazidi community.

Daesh’s targeting of ethnic and religious minorities, including their violent repression of Christians and systematic murder of Yazidis, is deeply concerning, as is its treatment of women and children. Reports of clear patterns of sexual and gender based violence against Yazidi women, and the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict are also particularly alarming.

These abuses are unacceptable. Australia condemns them in the strongest terms.

We also note allegations of abuses committed by parties involved in combatting Daesh, and urge the Iraqi Government to investigate these allegations.

There are reports of human rights violations associated with the operation to retake Tikrit. We would appreciate any details or perspectives from the Rapporteur.

We support the establishment of appropriate monitoring and investigation mechanisms and the provision of technical assistance by OHCHR to assist Iraq in the promotion and protection of human rights including by all Iraqi parties.