Thursday, September 25, 2014

Female Human Rights Activist Is Killed by ISIS; Due to Her Messages on Facebook Criticizing IS

Militants with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group tortured and then killed a human rights lawyer in the Iraqi city of Mosul, after their self-proclaimed religious court ruled that she had abandoned Islam, the Fox News website reports today (September 25, 2014).

Gunmen with the group's newly declared police force seized Samira Salih al-Nuaimi last week in the northeastern district of Mosul while she was home with her husband and three children.

Al-Nuaimi was taken to a secret location. After about five days, the family was called by the morgue to retrieve her corpse, which bore signs of torture, two people said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of fears for their safety.

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, her arrest was connected to Facebook messages she posted that were critical of the militants' destruction of religious sites in Mosul. A statement by the U.N. today added that al-Nuaimi was tried in the Sharia court (Islamic court) for apostasy, after she was tortured for five days before the militants sentenced her to "public execution." The statement did not say how she was killed.

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