Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

Statement by Spokesperson of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Destruction of the Mosul mosque and minaret

Geneva, 23 June 2017: We condemn the destruction of the al-Nuri Mosque and the Hadba Minaret in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday 21st June. Reports indicate that it was blown up deliberately by ISIL as Iraqi security forces were approaching.



This destruction is the latest in a long line of such horrendous acts by ISIL, which has targeted landmark religious sites, including churches, mosques, shrines, tombs and graves.

Such intentional destruction is an attack on the religious and cultural heritage of the Iraqi people – and the whole world. International humanitarian law clearly prohibits such acts, and perpetrators who target these objects while being aware of their religious and historical character may be held accountable for war crimes, as in the groundbreaking Timbuktu case at the International Criminal Court.

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