UN: Islamic State Committing “Staggering” Crimes in Iraq – Stephanie Nebehay
(dailyalert.org, Oct. 6, 2014)
Islamic State insurgents in Iraq have carried out mass executions, abducted women and girls as sex slaves, and used child soldiers in what may amount to systematic war crimes that demand prosecution, the UN Human Rights Office reported on Thursday. “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,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein.
The report also said Iraqi government air strikes on the Sunni Muslim militants had caused “significant civilian deaths” by hitting villages, a school and hospitals in violation of international law. At least 9,347 civilians had been killed and 17,386 wounded so far this year through September, the report said. (Reuters)