‘US government not pursuing prosecutions’
Three 18-year-old brothers and their two 18-year-old sisters have landed their first jobs, together, at a McDonald’s. The non-identical quintuplets said they can usually get through a working day without any customers recognising they are siblings. Leith, Logan and Lucas Curtis all work in the kitchen at the restaurant in Potterville, near Lansing, Michigan in the US, MLive reported. Lauren Curtis works at the front counter and drive-thru, while Lindsey Curtis handles the lobby. “We call it McCurtis,” said Lori Curtis, the quintuplets’ mother,. Lucas and Lauren Curtis began working at the McDonald’s a year ago. Leith Curtis signed up in March and Lindsay and Logan Curtis joined two months later. “We did some research and heard from other friends that working at McDonald’s is a great place to work,” said Lucas, who was named July’s employee of the month. “It’s cool that I can rely on my siblings to get our work done and collaborate with them at work.” Restaurant manager Jennifer Walters said the five siblings are great for business. War crimes investigators collecting evidence of ISIS’s elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try leaders of the extremist group with crimes against humanity but cannot get the global backing to bring current detainees before an international tribunal.
Two years after the ISIS onslaught in northern Iraq, the investigators, as well as US diplomats, say the Obama administration has done little to pursue prosecution of the crimes that Secretary of State John Kerry has called genocide. Current and former State Department officials say that an attempt in late 2014 to have a legal finding of genocide was blocked by the Defence Department, setting back efforts to prosecute ISIS members suspected of committing war crimes.
“The West looks to the United States for leadership in the Middle East, and the focus of this administration has been elsewhere – in every respect,” said Bill Wiley, head of the independent investigative group, the Commission for International Justice and Accountability.
Officials in Washington say the Defence Department and ultimately the administration were concerned that court trials would distract from the military campaign. The US has no legal obligation to take on the genocide of the Yazidis, but President Barack Obama has said that “preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States of America”.
Stephen Rapp, who stepped down as the administration’s ambassador at large for war crimes last year, says the administration should have moved early to help secure evidence of ISIS atrocities and push for the creation of special Iraqi courts to try war crimes.
“The priority for the US government is to win the war against the Islamic State and destroy them,” Rapp said. “It’s been profoundly disappointing, because the idea of accountability has been such a low priority.”