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Islamic State militants committing genocide says UN official after visiting Yazidi displacement camp

Islamic State militants are most likely committing genocide against the Yazidis in Iraq said a senior UN assistant secretary general for human rights on Tuesday.

“The evidence strongly indicates an attempt to commit genocide,” said Ivan Simonovic after meeting at least 70 Yazidis in Baghdad and in displaced persons camps in the Kurdish towns of Erbil and Dohuk.

The secretary general heard further stories of families who had been killed because they refused to convert to Islam, reports the New York Times.