ISIL fighters kill Iraqis in “grim public spectacle”

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ISIL extremists subject Iraqi communities to daily rights violations, according to the UN report, with more than 15,000 civilians killed since January 2014. Photo: UN Iraq


Vicious fighting in Iraq continues to take a terrible toll on civilians, with at least 15,000 killed and 30,000 injured since January last year, the UN said Monday.

In a new report into human rights violations in Iraq, investigators have described how civilians have been murdered in "grim public spectacles" by fighters from the terrorist group ISIL.

Children have also been recruited in several provinces under control of the extremists and given weapons training in Syria, while Iraqi Security Forces are also held responsible for other abuses.

Daniel Johnson has more.

According to the new UN report on the situation in Iraq, thousands of civilians continue to suffer awful human rights violations on a daily basis.

As many as 3,500 members of the Yazidi ethnic minority remain in captivity by ISIL fighters, and they're forced to endure physical and sexual violence.

The report – published by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN human rights office (OHCHR ) – also provides more graphic detail on the fate of 1,700 cadets captured from a former US army base.

Survivors say the young trainees were captured, decapitated or systematically shot, or else kept in so-called "holes".

More details are also given on the recruitment of child soldiers in several Iraqi provinces controlled by ISIL.

Here's Cécile Pouilly, from the UN human rights office, OHCHR:

"Some children are even taken to Syria for training and they are being told how to use weapons, how to deal with prisoners…they are being taught how to commit atrocities and that's a very worrying development.”

The UN human rights office repeated evidence of the Iraqi Security Forces' involvement in violations, and called on the government to "take all precautions" to protect civilians.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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