U.N. rights council looks at Islamic State abuses in Iraq

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UNITED NATIONS — The top U.N. advocate for children afflicted by war said Monday that the Islamic State was using them as informers, checkpoint sentries and, in some cases, suicide bombers.

The advocate, Leila Zerrougui, the special representative of the secretary general for children and armed conflict, also said the United Nations had received reports that the Islamic State had abducted girls from minority communities and forced them into marriage, but that it had been unable to verify those reports.

Ms. Zerrougui made the assertions at a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on the Islamic State’s actions in Iraq. The group, which has proclaimed a strict Sunni Islamic state that spans the Syria-Iraq border, has imposed severe rules on behavior and has been accused of a litany of brutalities against non-Sunni groups, including summary mass executions.

The U.N. deputy high commissioner for human rights, Flavia Pansieri, told the Human Rights Council that the Islamic State had ordered strict rules for women living in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and other areas in its control.

“Women are not allowed to walk in the street without the presence of a male guardian, and there are more and more reports of women being beaten” for infractions, she said.

Ms. Pansieri also spoke of specific targeted killings, including what she described as the July 10 executions of 650 prisoners in Mosul. Those who claimed they were Sunni were taken away, while Shiites and others were forced into ditches and shot.

“The bodies were then examined and any men that appeared to be alive were shot in the head,” she said.

She cited suspected atrocities by Iraqi security forces and militias fighting the Islamic State as well, including the Aug. 22 shootings of dozens of men and boys at a Sunni mosque in central Iraq’s Diyala province. The speaker of Iraq’s parliament has ordered an inquiry, which Ms. Pansieri said she welcomed.

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