Children forced by IS to watch shootings, beheadings
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/29/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Children in both Iraq and Syria are being forced to watch as IS beheads or shoots its victims at close range. According to a United Nations report, corpses are then displayed on crucifixes with decapitated heads exhibited on sticks -- for days long afterwards.
Other acts of inhumanity include amputations, the stoning to death of women by "ISIS-sanctioned" mobs, lashings with cables and the recruitment of children as young as 10 years of age to fight in battles.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The gruesome details were released this week by a U.N.-appointed independent panel investigating the Syrian conflict, declared as "the world's worst humanitarian catastrophe."
Other acts of inhumanity include amputations, the stoning to death of women by "ISIS-sanctioned" mobs, lashings with cables and the recruitment of children as young as 10 years of age to fight in battles. The report is based upon almost 500 interviews and documentary material, focusing on the six-month period up to July 15.
Human rights violations reported by the Assad regime, include murder, rape, torture and the dropping of "barrel bombs" of chlorine gas on civilian areas. Such attacks have been reported at least eight times since last April.
"Executions in public spaces have become a common spectacle on Fridays in Ar Raqqah and ISIS-controlled areas of Aleppo governorate," the report stated. ISIS did this publicly in order to instill terror and ensure submission to its authority.
Victims have their "crimes" recited aloud before executions. Common offenses include violating ISIS laws, affiliating with other groups, including the mainstream opposition Syrian National Coalition or spying for the regime.
"ISIS justifies its executions by religious law," it said.
Following public executions, the victims' remains are displayed afterwards in order to create "an atmosphere of fear and terror," the panel chairman, Brazilian lawyer Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, said at the report's release in Geneva.
"ISIS poses a clear and present danger to civilians, and particularly minorities, under its control in Syria and in the region," he said.
Since ISIS declared its caliphate, ISIS has succeeded in "attracting more experienced and ideologically motivated foreign fighters."
ISIS enforces strict sharia-based laws in Raqqa, and the report cited numerous cases of women being beaten for being "improperly dressed," such as appearing in public with face uncovered.
"In some cases, victims were tied to a wooden board or crucifix and displayed publicly in the squares before being lashed."
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