UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes

GENEVA - Iraq's government asked the UN's top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.


Diplomats were weighing the request at a daylong special session of the 47-nation Human Rights Council on Iraq and the extremist group. A draft resolution put forward by Iraq would set up a UN fact-finding mission to investigate alleged abuses by the group.


Such a mission would be carried out by UN staff, unlike the five independent commissions with outside experts appointed to investigate alleged crimes in Central African Republic, Eritrea, Gaza, Sri Lanka and Syria.