Unlawful, inhuman punishments carried out by ISIL in Iraq

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Ravina Shamdasani. UN Photo

The terrorist group ISIL has established unlawful, so-called "Sharia courts" in Iraq that are performing cruel and inhuman punishments to men, women and children, according to the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR).

The victims reportedly are accused by ISIL of violating the group's extremist interpretations of Islamic Sharia law or for suspected disloyalty.

OHCHR says last week, the group posted photos on the web of two men being "crucified" after they were accused of banditry.

Photos were also posted of a woman being stoned to death, allegedly for adultery.

Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for OHCHR, said there are many examples of what she called the monstrous disregard for human life.

” We have received numerous other reports of women who have been executed by ISIL in Mosul and other areas under the group's control, often immediately following sentences passed by its so-called "Sharia courts". Educated, professional women, especially women who have run as candidates in elections for public office seem to be particularly at risk.” (0'19")

OHCHR is continuing to document human rights abuses taking place in Iraq and will present a report to the Human Rights Council in March.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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