UN accuses Islamic State of killing over 1,000 people in Iraq
GENEVA: The United Nations on Monday accused the Islamic
State (IS) militants of killing about 1,000 people in Iraq over the past three
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said
in a statement issued on Monday that the atrocities committed by the group,
which is active in Iraq and Syria, will amount to “war crimes and crimes
“Grave, horrific human rights violations are being
committed by the IS and associated armed groups on a daily basis,” Pillay said.
“The violations include targeted killings, forced
conversions, abductions, trafficking, slavery, sexual abuse, destruction of
places of religious and cultural significance and the besieging of entire
communities because of ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliation” the
It said among those directly targeted were Christians,
Yazidis, Shabaks, Turkomen, Kakae and Sabaeans. “Individuals who agreed to
convert are being held under IS guard while men who refused to convert were
executed,” Pillay said.
Women and their children were taken as slaves, she
said. She added that “in Cotcho village in Southern Sinjar, IS killed and
abducted hundreds of Yazidis Aug 15. Inhabitants of a number of other villages
in Sinjar, which remains besieged by the IS and associated armed groups, are at
serious risk,” the statement said.
Pillay also condemned the June 10 “massacre” of about
650 of the 1,500 inmates in Mosul’s Badoush Prison.
She expressed concern about the fate of some 13,000
members of the Shia Turkmen community in Saladin Governorate, including 10,000
women and children, who are besieged by IS and associated armed groups since
“The civilians are living under harsh conditions with
severe food and water shortages and a complete absence of medical services.
There are also fears of a possible imminent massacre,” Pillay warned.