UN Rights Chief Condemns 'Widespread' Islamic State Crimes in Iraq

August 25, 2014 3:48 PM

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UN Rights Chief Condemns 'Widespread' Islamic State Crimes in Iraq

United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay on Monday condemned “appalling, widespread” crimes being committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners and “ethnic and religious cleansing”.

The persecution of entire communities and systematic violations by the al-Qaida offshoot, documented by U.N. human rights investigators, would amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes under international law, she said in a statement.

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