THE COMMISSION'S OBJECTIVES

Objectives of the Commission:


 

The Kurdish people have suffered severely by imposed systematic and organized military campaigns with brief intervals, in modern times; examples being: Faili Kurds, Barzanies Genocide campaigns, the Anfal campaign, the glorious uprising in 1991; and more recently, the Genocide against the Yazidi Kurds, and other religious and sectarian components in Sinjar area and the Nineveh Plain. The crimes and violations have been committed in last centruy, there were an obstocle of the absence of legal and competent bodies specialized in investigation and evidence collection during the commissior of such violations, or even after the commission of those events, which made the task of investigators and legal entities more complex because of the loss of evidence due to the passage of time. When the investigation and evidence collection is able to occur at the time  the crimes, committed or shortly thereafter, access to the place of activity and the victims is facilitated, furthermore; the investigation and evidence collection will be more useful in bringing about justice and in assisting the victims.

The process of the investigation and evidence collection are now following the methods of modern criminal investigation undertaken by the legal-investigators specialist in such investigations. This  evidence  prove the occurrence of these international crimes in front of international forums. The use of this evidence, collected in a timely manner, in the international courts will have an impact and facilitate the trial of the accused of these crimes and to prevent the re-occurrence in the future.

Ideally, justice will be served, and the investigation results would ensure the return of the victims to their original place of residence, and the accused will be prosecuted and punished for their crimes and justice will be a reality; and recurrence of such crimes and atrocities in the future will be greatly diminished.

The investigation of these crimes and violations, and gathering of evidence and subsequent trial will have consequences in the long term, mandating enforcement of domestic legislations and International Law proclamations already in place to criminalize actions that are considered genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and that punishment will be enforced, victim assistance guaranteed, and preventive actions taken moving forward.

Finally, it would be the right of the families of the missing persons to know the fate of their relatives and loved ones to give some sense of closure and justice for their families. The creation of a national database of the missing persons to determine their fate will be mandated by proper legislation that guarantees the rights of the missing and their relatives.