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9/2/2014 (1 year ago)

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Massacres, forced conversions, abductions, slavery, sexual violence laid at feet of Islamic State

The United Nations will be sending investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State fighters committed on "an unimaginable scale." Authorities say they will hold perpetrators accountable.

Among other things, children belonging to targeted minorities have been forcibly recruited and positioned on front lines to shield fighters or made to donate blood. Women are beaten for breaking rules requiring them to be veiled and escorted by men.

Among other things, children belonging to targeted minorities have been forcibly recruited and positioned on front lines to shield fighters or made to donate blood. Women are beaten for breaking rules requiring them to be veiled and escorted by men.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/2/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Islamic State, UNited Nations, crimes against humanity


LOS ANGELES, CA  (Catholic Online) - "We are facing a terrorist monster," Iraqi Human Rights Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani told the council. He decried recent acts "equivalent to genocide and crimes against humanity."

Called at Baghdad's request, the special session has support from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - among other countries.

SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide --

Meeting in Geneva, the U.N. reached a decision after spending the day listening to details of abuses and crimes attributed to the Islamic State. Atrocities include massacres, forced conversions, abductions, slavery, sexual violence and the use of children as soldiers and suicide bombers.

In response, a fact-finding mission of 11 investigators will go to Iraq within the next couple of weeks, a spokesman for the U.N. human rights office said.

The Sunni fighters have driven more than 1.2 million people from their homes this year, the United Nations says. At least 1,420 people were killed in sectarian violence in Iraq in August alone.

U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri said there was "strong evidence" Islamic State, also known as ISIS along with allied groups had carried out targeted killings, forced conversions, sexual abuse and torture in Iraq.

"The reports we have received reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale," she said.

There is widespread concern at the persecution of Christians, Yazidis, Shia, and Turkmen, saying such "ethnic and religious cleansing" may amount to crimes against humanity.

Among other things, children belonging to targeted minorities have been forcibly recruited and positioned on front lines to shield fighters or made to donate blood. Women are beaten for breaking rules requiring them to be veiled and escorted by men.

Al-Sudani told the session that Islamic State, "oozing with barbarity," was threatening the makeup of his country. "They are attempting to change its demographic and cultural composition," he said, adding: "Acts by ISIS threaten not only Iraq but the whole region and world."

Washington launched airstrikes against IS positions in northern Iraq last month to bolster Kurdish resistance against the fighters. The IS also warned the U.S. against continued attacks after announcing the beheading of journalist James Foley - claiming they would kill more hostages unless the aggression ended.

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