Press-releases of the Embassy

Special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the issue of massive violations of human rights as a result of the activities of the terrorist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the territory of Iraq

On the 1 September, at the initiative of Iraq, which was supported by Russia, China, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and some other states, a special UNHRC session was held about the disastrous human rights situation in Iraq.

During discussions delegations expressed their extreme concern about the drastic growth of ISIL terrorist activities in the territory of Iraq and Syria, the terrible crimes committed by jihadists against women, children, ethnic and sectarian minorities and any other persons thinking differently. The need to combine efforts of the international community to organise a fight against radicals in the region and to prevent further expansion of this transnational terrorist group was noted.

Russia emphasised that the splash of the terrorist threat in Iraq and in the Middle East mainly resulted from the external illegal coercive intervention into domestic affairs of states for the purposes of resolving selfish geopolitical tasks. The importance of fighting against the ISIL and other terrorist groups not only in Iraq, but also in its neighbour Syria, where jihadists have been committing atrocities for over two years and are fought by Syrian armed forces, was emphasised.

This session ended with the adoption of a resolution, which decisively condemns crimes by the ISIL, including their violence against ethnic and sectarian minorities, underlines the Tran regional nature of this threat, emphasises the inadmissibility of justifying, legitimising and funding terrorist activities. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is instructed to send a mission to Iraq to investigate into violations of human rights by ISIL and other terrorist groups. It is important that the UNHRC has supported decisions by the UN Security Council, which are aimed stopping the atrocities by the ISIL.

The fact of holding the special session and the adoption of the event were a landmark event. The international community decisively spoke against actions of terrorist organisations in Iraq, Syria and the region. The main thing is that these words took a real share, and our western and some Middle East partner really stopped their plays with radical Islamist forces, and, finally, listened to Russia’s appeals to combine efforts to confront terrorism in Iraq and Syria for the purposes of restoring peace in these countries and prevent further dangerous destabilisation of the Middle East.

2 September 2014