ISIL murder of Japan citizen "heinous and cowardly"

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A wide view of the Security Council in session (file photo). UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The murder of Japanese citizen Kenji Goto by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group has been strongly condemned by the UN.

The UN Security Council deplored the "heinous and cowardly" crime in a statement to the press on Sunday.

The journalists' death comes despite demands for his immediate release.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described ISIL’s murder of the freelance reporter from Japan as "barbaric".

Mr Kenji Goto's death also underscores the violence that many have been subjected to in Syria and Iraq.

The crime is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists and others face every day in Syria, the Security Council's statement read.

Under international humanitarian law, journalists and media professionals working in areas of armed conflict are considered civilians and should be treated as such.

The Council also called for the immediate, safe and unconditional release of all hostages kept by ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and similar groups linked to Al-Qaida.

ISIL is on the UN Al-Qaida Sanctions List and subject to an asset freeze and arms embargo.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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