Wanted: A Court to Try ISIL for War Crimes

Distinguished Fellow Stephen J. Rapp commented on the lack of commitment from the United States in pressing for accountability following war crimes committed by ISIL. Rapp, the former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, is currently the chairman of the advisory board of the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA). Best known for collecting evidence of war crimes committed by Assad and his regime, CIJA also directs efforts towards ISIL. Its investigators have built a case against ISIL leaders concerning the kidnapping and sexual abuse of thousands of Yazidi women and girls in 2014, and the commission is now looking at opportunities to establish a court – with international support – where ISIL members can be tried for their crimes.

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