The Commission for Investigation & Gathering Evidence (CIGE)
Following the attacks and heinous crimes committed by the terrorist organization of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – locally known as Daesh – against Iraq’s ethnic and religious minorities, the Council of Ministers of the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq (KRG) established, on 20/8/2014, the High Committee on the Recognition of the Genocide against Yazidis and other religious and ethnic minorities.
The Commission for Investigation & Gathering Evidence (CIGE) was established as part of this framework in August 2014. Based in Duhok city, CIGE is an investigative court tasked with the mandate to investigate violations committed by ISIS against ethnic and religious groups in Sinjar and Ninewa plains, that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide under international law. CIGE aims to fulfill this mandate, and have these crimes recognized at internationally, by integrating the Iraqi Penal Code with international legal standards and best practices within its investigative process. CIGE
Part of its mandate is also to investigate ongoing violations through its Missing Persons unit, a department fully dedicated to missing persons’ affairs and to supporting identification efforts. Alongside its documentation and investigative work, CIGE also provides psychosocial support to victims and families of missing persons through the work of its Victims Support Unit, and conducts outreach and awareness sessions in IDP camps through its Outreach team.