Women and Children for Sale

A new U.N. report paints a terrifying picture of life under the Islamic State.

Colum Lynch
Foreign Policy

…”The array of violations and abuses perpetrated by ISIL and associated armed groups is staggering, and many of their acts may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity,” the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a statement accompanying the report’s release. Zeid urged the Iraqi government to consider joining the International Criminal Court in order to provide the tribunal’s prosecutor with the authority to investigate and prosecute crimes in Iraq by perpetrators on either side of the conflict…

…The U.N. human rights office in Iraq enumerated a long list of offenses by the Islamic State, including “executions and other targeted killings of civilians, abductions, rape and other forms of sexual and physical violence perpetrated against women and children, forced recruitment of children, destruction or desecration of places of religious or cultural significance, wanton destruction and looting of property, and denial of fundamental freedoms.”…



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