A Message of Solidarity and Support from UNITAD Special Adviser


At this moment, the world is facing an unprecedented challenge, and governments are working to address it by adopting various measures and interventions to keep their citizens safe. The alarming rate in which the COVID-19 virus has spread and its deadly impact are placing exceptional demands on Iraq and countries around the world. My heart goes out to those directly impacted by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the disruption it is having on their livelihoods and that of their families and communities.

I am particularly concerned about the disproportionate impact this pandemic is having on the survivors of ISIL, who continue to suffer in various ways from the crimes inflicted upon them and their communities. My Team and I express solidarity with these survivors as well as our heartfelt prayers.

UNITAD is complying in full with the measures the Government of Iraq and the KRG have put in place to restrict the spread of the virus, while harnessing technology to continue our investigations and remain in contact with survivors, so as to discharge our mandate as effectively as possible.

We look forward to the day when the pandemic recedes thus allowing restrictions to be lifted. Our thoughts and prayers for good health go out to the survivors and victims of ISIL and, indeed, to all the people of Iraq.

My Team and I remain committed to fulfill the promise made to them of justice and holding the perpetrators of ISIL crimes accountable.