UNITAD Welcomes New Support from Sweden for Investigations and Evidence Management
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Baghdad, 15 May 2023 – The United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh / ISIL (UNITAD) welcomes the new contribution of 20, 914,004 SEK (approx. USD 2 million) from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) supporting UNITAD to advance its core mandate and build capacities of Iraqi civil society.
On 10 May 2023, Special Adviser Christian Ritscher and H.E. Jessica Svärdström, Swedish Ambassador to Iraq signed the contribution agreement, which marks the continued cooperation between the Team and Sweden and inaugurates new initiatives that will support and build the capacities of Iraqi civil society, including vulnerable groups, which helps promote an inclusive society.
“Promoting accountability for international crimes is a process that requires meticulous work and dedication from all relevant stakeholders. Our Team works together with national counterparts to document ISIL atrocities, and digitize evidence in accordance with international standards, to make it stand the test of time,” said Special Adviser and Head of UNITAD Christian Ritscher. He added that “thanks to this generous contribution, UNITAD will be able to expand such work and the Team’s efforts hand-in-hand with Iraqi counterparts, especially among Iraqi civil society partners.”
In addition to its innovative approach to investigations and digitization of data, UNITAD is also working to empower and enhance national capacities towards the common goal of promoting accountability for ISIL international crimes. UNITAD works closely with numerous civil society organizations, and thanks to this financial contribution from SIDA, the Team will be able to further build and strengthen this cooperation.
The Team remains committed to the pursuit of justice for the many victims and survivors of ISIL crimes, from all Iraqi communities.