Militant group ISIL executing women human rights defenders and leaders in Iraq

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Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The UN Human Rights office has condemned the execution of an Iraqi human rights defender by the militant group ISIL.

Ms Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimy, was publicly executed by a masked firing squad in front of the Governorate building in central Mosul earlier this week after she was found guilty of apostasy.

Reports indicate that Al-Nuaimy was seized from her home by ISIL fighters following posts on her Facebook page that were critical of ISIL, including of the bombing and destroying of mosques and shrines in Mosul.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the killing of Al Nuaimy lays bare the bankrupt ideology of ISIL and its affiliates

The High Commissioner has also expressed his deep dismay at the situation facing hundreds of captured Yezidi women and girls, as well as some from other ethnic and religious groups, who have reportedly been sold into slavery, forced into marriage and repeatedly raped by ISIL fighters since their home areas were overrun in August.

The UN Human rights office says at least two other prominent women in the Mosul area have also been killed by ISIL fighters while another abducted from her house is still missing.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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