London, United Kingdom, (dfr.gov.krd)- How to arrest and prosecute those who carried out the genocide against Yazidis and committed international crimes against other communities was discussed in detail in a recent meeting between Minister Falah Mustafa, head of the KRG’s Department for Foreign Relations, Mr. Karwan Jamal Tahir, the KRG High Representative to the UK and Mrs. Amal Clooney, barrister and specialist in International Law and Human Rights.
Minister Falah Mustafa briefed Amal Clooney on the KRG’s attempts to bring the perpetrators of genocide to justice and to recognize Daesh crimes as genocide and explained that although some evidence of crimes against the Yazidis had been collected, no prosecutions had taken place in KRG courts to date. He said: “The Kurdistan Regional Government is making all efforts to find a legal solution to take the atrocities against Yazidis and others to the International Criminal Court or other international court. To achieve that, we need the support of the international community and all those with expertise in international law.” He thanked Amal Clooney, who is counsel to a number of Yazidi victims, for her continuous support in this regard.
Amal Clooney briefed the Minister on ongoing efforts to pursue accountability for crimes committed by ISIS in Iraq and the urgent need to collect evidence before it disappears. Mrs Clooney and the Minister discussed various options for prosecution including domestic courts, ad hoc international courts, the ICC or a hybrid court.
Minister Falah Mustafa invited Amal Clooney to provide further advice and pursue discussions with the relevant KRG authorities including legal advisors at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.