UN considers emergency mission to Iraq to investigate Isis ‘war crimes’

The homes of suspected Isis supporters are set ablaze in Zummar, northern Iraq. Photograph: Martin Bader/Demotix/Corbis

Human rights council holds special session over alleged rights abuses and violations of humanitarian law by Islamic militants

The UN human rights council is to debate demands for an emergency mission to Iraq to investigate alleged atrocities committed by Islamic State (Isis) militants, which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The special session, scheduled to begin on Monday morning, was requested by Iraq and backed by Iran and the US as well as blocs including the Arab Group and the EU.

Diplomats from the council’s 47 member states are to discuss a draft resolution strongly condemning alleged systematic violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law resulting from the terrorist acts committed by Isis and associated groups.

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