According to the UN Human Rights Council, the new team of experts is expected to collect and preserve information, and to determine facts and circumstances in accordance with international standards and practice.
A total of 1,662 civilian deaths were confirmed between 1 January and 30 June – an increase of 2% on the same period last year, according to UNAMA. The number of civilians injured in the same period fell 1% to 3,581.
The anti-ISIL offensive is intensifying through air and land, leaving up to 100,000 people trapped. According to the UN Human Rights Office, at least 173 civilians have been killed by air and ground strikes since 1 June.
UN Human Rights chief urges the government to halt any further military offensives towards Aburoc, a town of 35,000-50,000 people, most of whom arrived in recent weeks after terrifying journeys of up to 150 kilometres on foot.
The report documents 11,418 conflict-related civilian casualties, including 3,498 killed and 7,920 injured. Of these, 3,512 were children - 923 dead and 2,589 injured, up 24% on the previous highest recorded figure.