Real-life hero Amal Clooney has made a passionate plea to the UN to stop allowing ISIS to "get away with genocide."
In a UN meeting this week, the human-rights lawyer said that the extremist group must be held accountable for mass murder and rape. Clooney represents Nadia Murad, who—after being kidnapped by ISIS in 2014—was repeatedly sexually assaulted and abused. Murad escaped and is now a goodwill ambassador for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.
"Justice is what the victims want," Clooney said, "but justice will be forever out of reach if we allow the evidence to disappear, if mass graves are not protected, if medical evidence is lost, if witnesses can no longer be traced."
"Killing ISIS on the battlefield is not enough," she added. "We must kill the idea behind ISIS by exposing the brutality and bringing individual criminals to justice," Clooney demanded.
Six months ago, Clooney made a similar call for justice asking the UN and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to investigate the crimes, but so far both parties have remained "passive."
"Instead, mass graves in Iraq lie unprotected and un-exhumed, witnesses are fleeing and not one ISIS militant has faced trial for international crimes anywhere in the world," said Clooney.
Murad, who has been waiting a year for a UN response, asked for their crimes to be investigated so that the survivors are "able to at least bury our dead."
"Why it is taking so long? I cannot understand why you are letting ISIS get away with it, or what more you need to hear before you will act," Murad said, her voice cracking. "So today, I ask the Iraqi government and the UN to establish an investigation and give all the victims of Isis the justice they deserve."
Clooney wants the Iraqi PM to send a letter to the UN Security Council so that an investigation into the crimes can be voted on. If the letter doesn't appear then the UN can act without Iraq's consent and refer ISIS to the International Criminal Court.
Britain's UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft claimed he will finalize the Security Council resolution with Iraq "very, very soon."
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