Sweden And France Launch Joint Task Force To Prosecute ISIS Fighters Over Yazidi Genocide
by Nicky Harley
Authorities in Sweden and France have launched a joint team to investigate atrocities committed by ISIS against the Yazidi community.
Europe's crime agency, Eurojust, has set up the team to prosecute foreign terrorist fighters for their persecution of the Yazidi population.
More than 10,000 Yazidis were killed when ISIS swept through northern Iraq in 2014 and about 7,000 women and girls were enslaved, many of whom are still missing.
"The main aim of the team will be to identify foreign terrorist fighters who were involved in core international crimes, such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, primarily perpetrated against members of the Yazidi minority during the armed conflict in Syria and Iraq, in view of potential prosecution," Eurojust said.
"The team will also focus on identifying victims and witnesses of these crimes committed by foreign terrorist fighters in Syria and Iraq."
The joint initiative aims to share information and evidence more swiftly and avoid several interviews of the same victims.
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