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UN Rights Chief Condemns IS Killing Of Women Activists In Iraq

  • RFE/RL

UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has condemned the brutal killing of a female Iraqi rights defender by Islamic State (IS) militants, as well as the continuing sexual exploitation of hundreds of women in areas captured by the extremist group.

The rights chief said in a statement on September 25 that Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimy was publicly executed by a masked firing squad in the central Iraqi city of Mosul this week.

Al-Nuaimy, a lawyer known for promoting women's rights, was detained on September 17 following posts on her Facebook page that were critical of IS militants.

Zeid said two female political activists were killed in the Sderat area in July. Another female activist was abducted from her home in Mosul in July, and is still missing.

Zeid expressed "deep dismay" at the situation facing hundreds of captured Yazidi women, who have reportedly been sold into slavery, forced into marriage, and repeatedly raped by IS fighters.