3 November 2014
UNSC: ISIL must be defeated by common effort amongst governments and institutions
The UN Security Council strongly condemned the kidnapping and murder by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists of ‘scores’ of Sunni tribesmen whose bodies were found in mass graves in Anbar province, and once again urged the world to unite in a ‘common effort’ to defeat the group and ‘stamp out’ the violence and hatred it espouses.
Reportedly, the bodies of more than 200 Sunni Albu Nimr fighters were recovered from two mass graves. Expressing ‘deep outrage’ about all Iraqis as well as nationals of other states killed, kidnapped, raped, or tortured by ISIL, as well as its child recruitment, the Council called for the perpetrators to justice, and for the international community, ‘in accordance with international law, to further strengthen and expand support for the Government of Iraq, including Iraqi Security Forces, in the fight against ISIL and associated armed groups’.
Stressing that all parties, including ISIL and associated armed groups, must abide by international humanitarian law, the Security Council condemned the systematic persecution of individuals from minority populations, such as Yezidis and Christians, and those who refuse its extremist ideology in Iraq by ISIL and associated armed groups. ‘ISIL must be defeated’, the members of the Council declared, calling for a common effort amongst governments and institutions, including those in the region most affected, to counter ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida, in line with relevant UN resolutions.