October 02, 2014

ISIS War Crimes in Staggering Detail

So its not really shocking news since ISIS not only commits genocide, but openly celebrates and displays those crimes in videos for the world to see.

Whereas the complaints in the UN report about Iraqi security forces and others fighting ISIS are all about collateral damage.

NPR: A United Nations report out today lists what it describes as a "staggering array" of possible war crimes and crimes against humanity by the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq, including mass executions, the kidnapping of women and girls to use as sex slaves and the use of child soldiers.

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It also points to shelling and airstrikes by Iraqi security forces that killed civilians and "may have violated the principles of distinction and proportionality under international humanitarian law."

The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says the report is based on interviews of some 500 witnesses, who related "apparent systematic and widespread" human rights abuses by the extremist group also known as ISIS or ISIL.

The report said Islamic State and affiliated groups had committed violent acts of an "increasing sectarian nature" against Christians, Yazidis, Shiite Muslims and others.

"These include attacks directly targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, 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," the report says.

In one incident ISIS murdered over 1500 Iraqi Security forces in one day. The report also speaks of the public beheading of three female nurses who refused to treat ISIS fighters.

The complete report is here(pdf).

The presser is here.

Thanks to Aaron.

By Howie at 10:07 AM | Comments |