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Bringing Daesh to Justice: What the International Community Can Do

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This paper explores the response of the international community to the atrocities perpetrated by Daesh in Syria and Iraq. The paper focuses on the crime of genocide and the recognition of the crime by several international institutions and states. Within this discourse, we argue that the Christian minorities should be included as victims of the Daesh genocide. The paper finds that the international community failed to respond to the Daesh atrocities adequately and explores the legal options to ensure that the Daesh fighters are brought to justice. The paper considers the legacy of previous responses to mass atrocities and explores their plausibility. The paper further scrutinizes the progress made to date to bring Daesh to justice and considers other options how the criminal justice can be achieved.
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Keywords: Christians; Daesh; ISIS; Iraq; Syria; Yazidi; genocide; prosecution; trials

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal, Den Haag, The Netherlands 2: Kent Law School, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Publication date: January 2, 2019

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