Call on UN to set up a judicial mechanism to try Daesh genocide

PACE has reiterated its conviction that Daesh has committed genocide in Syria and Iraq – and called on the UN to consider setting up a 'special judicial mechanism' to try its crimes. The Assembly, in a resolution based on a report by Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), called on Council of Europe member, partner and observer states to formally recognise that Daesh has committed genocide, notably against the Yazidi, Christian and non-Sunni Muslim minorities. The parliamentarians also proposed a number of ways to ensure that this crime is punished - and prevented in the future - as required under the 1948 Genocide Convention. They urged member states to try any suspected Daesh members who come within their jurisdiction or control under the doctrine of 'universal jurisdiction' – following the example set by Sweden and Germany. Member states should also not obstruct any possible future UN Security Council moves to bring Daesh members before a tribunal, the Assembly said, recalling that two UNSC permanent members have vetoed referring the Syria situation to the ICC. Meanwhile, Syria and Iraq should join the International Critminal Court, while the ICC Prosecutor should reconsider her decision not to open a preliminary inquiry into Daesh crimes.