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Iraq: UN Security Counsel Demoted To Status Of Media Outlet

By Alistair Reign, January 20, 2016. Alistair Reign News Blog.

Mission The Islamic State are trying to create 'a state that does not recognise the previous borders of Iraq or Syria,' said Dr. Anne Aly, a Research Fellow at Curtin University. (Photo/source: Daily Mail Australia). The Islamic State are trying to create 'a state that does not recognise the previous borders of Iraq or Syria,' said Dr. Anne Aly, a Research Fellow at Curtin University. (Photo/source: Daily Mail Australia).

United Nations released a report this week detailing the gravity of inhumane treatment and dire impact on civilians trapped in the war-torn country of Iraq. According to the UN report – between May 1st and October 31st of last year (2015) an estimated:

  •  3,855 civilian men, women, youth, children and babies were killed.
  • 7,056 civilians have been critically wounded, disfigured or disabled for life.

The UN acknowledges that the actual figures could be much higher than those documented, and about half of these deaths took place in Baghdad.

The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering,” the report states.

The so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) continues to commit systematic and widespread violence and abuses of international human rights law and humanitarian law.

These acts may, in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide.

The report, compiled by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is based largely on testimony obtained directly from the victims, survivors or witnesses of violations of international human rights or international humanitarian law, including interviews with internally displaced people.

During the reporting period, ISIL killed and abducted scores of civilians, often in a targeted manner,” the report notes.

  • “Victims include those perceived to be opposed to ISIL ideology and rule;
  • persons affiliated with the Government, such as former Iraqi security forces (ISF), police officers, former public officials and electoral workers;
  • professionals, such as doctors and lawyers; journalists; and tribal and religious leaders.”
  • others have been abducted or killed on the pretext of aiding or providing information to Government security forces.
  • Many have been subjected to adjudication by ISIL self-appointed courts which,
  • in addition to ordering the murder of countless people,
  • have imposed grim punishments such as stoning and amputations.”

In addition, it details numerous examples of killings by ISIL in gruesome public spectacles,

  • including by shooting,
  • beheading,
  • bulldozing,
  • burning alive and
  • throwing people off the top of buildings.

There are also reports of the murder of child soldiers who fled fighting on the frontlines in Anbar.

Information received and verified suggests that between 800 and 900 children in Mosul had been abducted by ISIL for religious education and military training.

ISIL continued to subject women and children to sexual violence, particularly in the form of sexual slavery,” the report states.

It also documents

  • violations and abuses of international human rights and
  • international humanitarian law by the Iraqi Security Forces and associated forces,
  • including militia and tribal forces, popular mobilization units, and Peshmerga.

The UN indicated that concerning reports have also been received of

  • unlawful killings and abductions perpetrated by some elements associated with pro-Government forces.

Some of these incidents may have been reprisals against persons perceived to support or be associated with ISIL,” the report explains. “Moreover, as civilians move around the country, fleeing violence, they have continued to face Government restrictions on their ability to access safe areas.

“Once they reach such areas

  • some have experienced arbitrary arrest in raids by security forces and
  • others have been forcibly expelled.

“The conduct of pro-Government forces’ operations raises concern

  • that they are carried out without taking all feasible precautions to protect the civilian population and civilian objects.”

Furthermore, the discovery of a number of mass graves is documented in the report, including in areas regained by the Government from ISIL control, as well as mass graves from the time of Saddam Hussein.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS or Daesh, an Islamic extremist group in western Iraq, Libya, northeast Nigeria, and Syria. He has been proclaimed by his followers to be a caliph.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS or Daesh, an Islamic extremist group in western Iraq, Libya, northeast Nigeria, and Syria. He has been proclaimed by his followers to be a caliph. (Photo: Daily Mail}.

One of them uncovered reportedly contains 377 corpses, including women and children apparently killed during the 1991 Shi’a uprisings against Saddam Hussein in the east of Basra.

The murderous group, which now has around 50,000 fighters in Syria and 30,000 in Iraq according to August 2014 figures from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, until recently used the full Arabic name Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

In June 2014, the terror group declared a caliphate – an Islamic state led by a supreme religious and political leader – and began using the simplified name ‘Islamic State’.

ISIS is very smartly branding itself as THE Islamic State, that’s how it’s been able to attract so many followers,’ Dr Anne Aly, a Research Fellow at Curtin University, told Daily Mail Australia. [01]

In a press release, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, said

  • “the scourge of ISIL continues to kill,
  • maim and
  • displace Iraqi civilians in the thousands and
  • to cause untold suffering.”

Mr. Kubiš strongly reiterated his call to all parties to the conflict to

  • “ensure the protection of civilians from the effects of violence,
  • the international community to enhance its support to the Government of Iraq’s
  • humanitarian,
  • stabilization and
  • reconstruction efforts in areas liberated from ISIL,

so that all Iraqis displaced by violence can return to their homes in safety and in dignity and that affected communities can be re-established in their places of origin.

I urge the government to use all means to ensure law and order, necessary for the voluntary return of [internally displaced persons] to their place of origin – a task of primary importance given the recent wave of violence and killings, often of sectarian nature, notably in Diyala and Baghdad,” the top UN official added.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warned that the civilian death toll may be considerably higher, and called for urgent action to rein in the impunity enjoyed by the vast majority of the perpetrators of violence.

“Even the obscene casualty figures fail to accurately reflect exactly how terribly civilians are suffering in Iraq.

The figures capture those who were killed or maimed by overt violence,

  • but countless others have died from the lack of
  • access to basic food,
  • water or
  • medical care.

This report lays bare the enduring suffering of civilians in Iraq and starkly illustrates what Iraqi refugees are attempting to escape when they flee to Europe and other regions. This is the horror they face in their homelands,” the High Commissioner said.

Mr. Zeid also appealed to the Government to undertake legislative amendments to grant Iraqi courts jurisdiction over international crimes and to become party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

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Reference: United Nations News Centre.


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