Amnesty International praises the historicity of Germany's decision against an "Iraqi ISIS" and demands more
This came in a statement issued by Amnesty International, in the English language, regarding the conviction decision taken by the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday, against the accused, "Taha Al-Iraqi" for committing genocide and crimes against humanity. It was translated by Shafaq News Agency.
The statement clarified that it is "the first criminal trial in the world dealing with genocide against the Yazidis," adding that "it is the first time that a former member of the armed group that calls itself the Islamic State has been convicted of genocide."
The statement indicated that "the accused (Taha J.) was convicted of genocide, as he purchased a Yazidi woman and her five-year-old daughter, in 2015, as the Frankfurt court concluded that the accused, Taha J., as a member of ISIS, was His goal is to destroy the Yezidi religious minority by buying and enslaving the two Yezidi women, where the defendant punished the Yezidi girl by handcuffing her in a window in the sweltering heat, without protection from the sun, and letting her die in front of her mother, thus, Taha J. was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The statement quoted "Mike Olshak", from the German branch of Amnesty International, as saying, "The historic verdict for the first time in a courtroom confirms that the actions of ISIS against the Yazidi religious community in northern Iraq amount to the crime of genocide. The most prominent victims, who participated in the case In horrific detail, the systematic nature of the targeted genocide of the Yazidis in Iraq.
The statement also quoted one of the Iraqi Yazidi victims, Bari Ibrahim, as saying that "after 7 years of the genocide, it is time to move forward in the fight against impunity for crimes against the Yazidis, and to achieve justice for the victims. But the verdict can only be Just the beginning, and other measures must follow to bring to light the truth about the grave crimes that have been committed against my religious community."
The statement considered that "the trial was wonderful in many respects, and it is also the first trial based on the principle of universal jurisdiction that deals with crimes under international law committed abroad, by a perpetrator who is not a German citizen, and he was extradited to Germany only on the basis of an international arrest warrant." on him".
"The judicial process in Frankfurt is an important step, but more trials are needed, especially with regard to gender-based violence, such as gang rape," the statement quoted Alexander Schwartz from the German branch of Amnesty International. forced marriage and other forms of sexual violence.
In its statement, the organization stated that the trial of the accused, Taha J. It started in Frankfurt in April 2020. The German International Criminal Law Coordination Team has monitored the proceedings before the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt from its inception.
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