Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda (January 2018)
The Security Council is expected to consider a report from the UN Secretary-General which reviews the gravity of the current and evolving threat posed by ISIL (Da’esh) in multiple regions and provides an assessment of UN efforts to support Member States in countering ISIL (Da’esh). The report should integrate cross-cutting gender analysis, by detailing the way in which women, men, girls and boys are recruited, trained and employed by ISIL (Da’esh) and its associates throughout its operations, as well as subjected to a wide range of human rights violations. The report should also reverse the trend from previous reporting in which there were decreasing references to the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda, and provide comprehensive analysis and information on the wide range of international human rights abuses, including SGBV, slavery, abduction and human trafficking that are central to ISIL’s operations. With the fall of ISIS in countries such as Iraq, it is imperative that attention is paid to the impact of collective punishment. Additionally, the strategic-level analysis should include information and gender analysis on Member States’ and UN entities’ efforts to ensure the participation and leadership of women and women’s organizations in developing strategies to counter terrorism and violent extremism (S/RES/2242 (2015), OP 13), as well as future plans by UN entities to ensure women and women’s CSOs are integral to efforts to counter ISIL (Da’esh) at all levels. According to reports by OHCHR (A/HRC/32/CRP.2), there is evidence that acts committed by ISIL (Da’esh) could amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. As such, the report should also include recommendations for potential avenues for accountability and reiterate intentions to continue to forcefully fight impunity, recognizing that the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes committed against women and girls have been strengthened through the work of the International Criminal Court, ad hoc and mixed tribunals (S/RES/2242 (2015), OP 14). The report should also provide strategic-level recommendations for Member States and UN entities in international coalitions, particularly regarding the need to safely rescue the over one thousand women and girls still held captive.