UN says Sistani man of wisdom, discusses Daash atrocities
By: Ismail Zabeeh
HOLY CITY OF NAJAF, Iraq: U.N. Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon sought guidance from Iraq’s top cleric last week, strongly
condemning grave human rights violations against civilians, places of
worship, religious leaders and atrocities in the areas controlled by
the Islamic State (ISIS).
Ban’s meeting with al-Marjae Al-Aala Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali
al-Husseini al-Sistani underscored the 83-year-old cleric’s vast sway
A spokesman for Ban told Reuters the United Nations chief held meeting
with Sistani in the city of Najaf to seek his wisdom on developments
“I am extremely honored to have met His Eminence Grand Ayatollah
Al-Sistani today for the first time.
He is a man of the deepest wisdom and tolerance. He is an inspiration
and a role model for his many followers in Iraq and beyond,” the UN
We reviewed the current crisis in Iraq and the necessary humanitarian
response. I expressed the United Nations’ gratitude for His Eminence’s
support for all efforts to protect civilians in the current conflict.
We discussed in detail the multiple reports of grave human rights
violations against civilians, places of worship, religious leaders and
atrocities in the areas controlled by the Islamic State.
The Security Council of the United Nations and the rest of the
international community have spoken out against these acts, loud and
clear. Here in Najaf, I once again, as Secretary-General of the United
Nations, strongly condemn these violations of fundamental universal
His Eminence underscored that the fight against the Islamic State and
other armed groups should be exclusively conducted by the Iraqi
Security Forces and only within the framework of the Constitution. We
also discussed the ongoing political process of government formation.
The UN had further said: “In this time of crisis, when we see the
shocking treatment of minorities by the Islamic State, His Eminence
continues to preach peace, love and unity among all elements of Iraqi
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