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At a shelter for Yazidis refugees who fled IS attacks in Iraq, Mahoubet says the jihadist movement killed her husband and kidnapped her sister and daughter (Photo: Flickr/Caroline Gluck/EU/ECHO)
23 March 2015 by Karina Hof

The Islamic State (IS) is perpetuating heinous human rights violations in Iraq and members of the jihadist movement may be guilty of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, says a UN report released last week. Its author, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, recommends Iraq join the International Criminal Court and accept its jurisdiction “over the current situation”.

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10 March 2010 by Stijntje Blankendaal

Brazil has established a National Truth Commission (NTC) to investigate the country’s military dictatorship of 1964-1985, Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva last week. But opposition groups have yet to be convinced.

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02 March 2011 by -

The United Nations on Tuesday suspended Libya from its main human rights body over Muammar Gaddafi's crackdown on protests as the Security Council warned of new action against his regime. 

With growing western calls for a no-fly zone over Libya, Britain's UN envoy said the council would take "whatever measures we consider necessary to respond to events on the ground."

The 192-member assembly passed a suspension resolution by consensus, without a vote, after UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the body to "act decisively."

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