During its vicious advance across Iraq in June, ISIS took control of the country’s second largest city, Mosul. There, as elsewhere in Iraq and Syria, the brutal militants have persecuted and massacred religious minorities who wouldn’t convert to Islam, while a harsh version of Islamic law or Sharia was imposed on those who didn’t flee.
Now, the Associated Press reports that one brave and defiant Iraqi woman — a highly educated lawyer — who was standing up for the rights of her fellow citizens has been publicly executed by fighters for the Islamic State.
Militants with the Islamic State group publicly killed a rights lawyer in the Iraqi city of Mosul after finding her guilty of apostasy in a self-styled Islamic court, the United Nations said Thursday.
“By torturing and executing a female human rights’ lawyer and activist, defending in particular the civil and human rights of her fellow citizens in Mosul, ISIL continues to attest to its infamous nature, combining hatred, nihilism and savagery, as well as its total disregard of human decency,” Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. envoy to Iraq, said in a statement.
It was apparently a post on Facebook that led to Samira Salih al-Nuaimi being seized from her home in Mosul a week ago. That social media message was allegedly critical of the Islamic militants’ destruction of religious sites, according to the AP report.
Buzz Feed News has further details on the ISIS execution of this leading human rights lawyer:
Samira Saleh al-Naimi was known as a defender of the poor and detained, and an outspoken critic of ISIS….
A group of masked men kidnapped al-Naimi from her home last week after she made comments describing ISIS as “barbaric,” the NGO said.
“The GCHR [Gulf Center for Human Rights] condemns in the strongest terms the execution of Samira Saleh Al-Naimi and believes it is solely motivated by her peaceful and legitimate human rights work, in particular defending the civil and human rights of her fellow citizens in Mosul,” GCHR said in a statement. “The GCHR believes that this heinous crime and other ISIS crimes are crimes against humanity.”
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