UN Reports rape, executions and torture in Iraq

June 13, 2014 | By | Reply More

June 13, – As Sunni insurgents pursued an offensive toward Baghdad on Friday, Navi Pillay, the top United Nations human rights official, expressed “extreme alarm” over what she termed summary executions, rape, reprisal killings and shelling of civilians, putting the first estimate of casualties in the hundreds.

hromedia UN Reports rape, executions and torture in Iraq arab uprising3The United Nations warned that the number of people killed after Sunni Islamist militants overran the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this week may run into the hundreds, Reuters reported U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville as saying on Friday.

Colville also said his office reported that the killings included the execution of 17 civilians working for the police and a court employee in central Mosul.

Four women had killed themselves after being raped, 16 Georgians had been kidnapped and prisoners released by the militants had been looking to exact revenge on those responsible for their incarceration, he said.

Ms. Pillay said in a statement that she was deeply disturbed by reports that fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “including prisoners they had released from jails in Mosul and provided with arms, have been actively seeking out — and in some cases killing — soldiers, police and others, including civilians, whom they perceive as being associated with the government.”

The full extent of civilian casualties was unknown, but “the number of people killed in the conflict in recent days may run into the hundreds, and the number of wounded is said to be approaching 1,000,” Ms. Pillay said.

Ms. Pillay said the conduct of ISIS fighters in Iraq would be under “particular scrutiny” because of what she said was the well-documented record of the insurgents in committing grave international crimes in Syria. The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria has accused the insurgents of committing crimes against humanity and other serious human rights violations in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo.

Iraqi fighters linked to the ISIS insurgents summarily executed 17 civilians who were working for the police in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, on Wednesday, said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for Ms. Pillay in Geneva. In another episode, 12 civilians believed to have been working for Iraqi security services or the police were executed in a suburb of Mosul.

Mr. Colville also noted that four women were believed to have committed suicide after being raped by insurgents or forced into marriages with them.

In Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein, which the insurgents captured on Wednesday, Ms. Pillay’s office also reported that former prisoners jailed there had returned and killed six policemen who had worked in the prison. The insurgents were also said to have seized 16 Georgians working for an Iraqi communications company.

Between Sunday and Tuesday, Ms. Pillay’s office said, about 30 civilians had died in shelling by the Iraqi Army.

The tally of abuses emerged as other United Nations agencies depicted a widening humanitarian crisis as hundreds of thousands of Iraqis flee the insurgent advance.

The United Nations refugee agency said that around 300,000 people had fled from Mosul to Kurdish areas of northern Iraq to escape the fighting of the past week, while the International Organization for Migration, based in Geneva, estimated earlier in the week that half a million people had been displaced in the fighting around the city.

The latest figures are in addition to almost 500,000 people displaced by fighting that broke out in January in Anbar Province west of Baghdad, where the same insurgents have taken control of the city of Falluja and surrounding areas.

“Insecurity is spreading across the whole of Iraq and we foresee a protracted humanitarian crisis,” Mandie Alexander, the emergency coordinator in Baghdad for the International Organization for Migration, said in a statement released in Geneva. “It is getting worse by the hour and we do not have the necessary funding to respond adequately.”

According to United Nations figures, the total number of displaced Iraqis inside the country could be approaching one million, adding to the broader challenges faced by humanitarian relief agencies in neighboring Syria, where millions of people, including 2.8 million who have fled across the country’s borders, need help after more than three years of civil war.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hyat contributed to this report.

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