Magazine article Herizons

Islamic State Called out on Sex Crimes

Magazine article Herizons

Islamic State Called out on Sex Crimes

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An international coalition of organizations working for justice for girls and for improved laws to prosecute sexual violence has called on the United Nations to examine the more than 3,500 acts of sexual slavery it says have been committed by Islamic State (IS) militants.

In Geneva on June 9, the 160 Girls Project, an organization fighting for justice for rape victims, and a host of others called upon Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to begin an investigation.

At the front of the call was Nadia Murad, who was taken as a sex slave by IS militants when they invaded northern Iraq in 2014. More than 3,000 Yazidi civilians were killed and many Yazidi women and girls were forced into sex slavery. Yazidi girls as young as age six have reportedly been sold into sexual slavery for as much as $20,000, according to the global social justice and activist organization Avaaz. …

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