The United Nations Investigative Team for the Promotion of Accountability for Crimes Committed by ISIS (UNITAD) has confirmed ongoing forensic and technical support for Iraqi government teams working on the exhumation of Yazidi mass grave located in the village of Kojo throughout April.
“Performed by the Mass Graves Directorate of the Martyrs’ Foundation headed by Diyaa Karim Tu’ma, and the Medico-Legal Directorate under the Ministry of Health headed by Zaid Ali Abbas, the next set of exhumations will expand the ground-breaking work conducted in the village during March 2019, the site of the massacre of hundreds of Yazidi men and women in August 2014,” UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a statement on Sunday.
Moreover, Karim A. A. Khan, UNITAD Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team, stated that the next phase of exhumations in Kojo shows that “the national and international communities are united in support of accountability for Iraqis of all faiths, and all communities.”
The next phase of exhumation work will be coordinated with the assistance of the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) with which UNITAD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to conduct further exhumations.
In March, the federal government of Iraq, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and UNITAD marked the beginning of national efforts to unearth the first mass grave of Yazidis killed by ISIS in 2014.