Rights Chief: ISIL likely guilty of commiting war crimes
Earnest June 17, 2014
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United Nations' human rights chief, Navi Pillay, says fighters with
the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have almost certainly
committed war crimes in northern Iraq in recent days by executing
hundreds of non-combatant men.
In a statement, Pillay said corroborated reports show that soldiers,
military conscripts, police, and others who surrendered or were captured
by the Al-Qaeda splinter group have been summarily executed during the
past five days.
Pillay said: "Although the numbers cannot be verified yet," the killings
appeared to be a "systematic series of cold-blooded executions, mostly
conducted in various locations in the Tikrit area."
She said the Islamic militants also had executed 13 imams in Mosul for refusing to pledge allegiance to ISIL.
ISIL has claimed that it killed some 1,700 Shi'ite military recruits in
Tikrit, posting photos online that show what appeared to be dozens of
Washington says the Sunni-led militants are trying to stoke sectarian tensions in Iraq.