Over 1,500 civilians killed in Iraq in June

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An Iraqi woman with her family searches for water. UNHCR.S. Baldwin

The United Nations has accused armed groups in Iraq of committing serous human rights violations some of which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

A report prepared by the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) says at least 1,531 civilians were killed and 1,763 wounded during the month of June.

Over 600,000 Iraqis were also displaced during the same period.

The report says members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant and its associated armed groups systematically targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure with the intention of killing and wounding as many civilians as possible.

The UN Human Rights Office says it also has credible information on the recruitment and use of children as soldiers.

Ravina Shamdasani is a spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office.

"The report also documents violations committed by Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces. It documents the untold hardship and suffering that has been imposed upon the civilian population, with large-scale killings, injuries and destruction and damage of livelihoods and property." 

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay says she was particularly concerned about the protection and welfare of members of vulnerable groups who remain in areas affected by the armed conflict, especially women, children, people with disabilities, the elderly, and members of minority groups.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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