“The group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) has carried out ethnic cleansing on a historic scale in northern Iraq.”
So says Amnesty International which has published a new report detailing what it calls “gruesome evidence” of “moves to wipe out minorities” such as Yazidis.
With a view to holding perpetrators to account, the United Nations has already agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine what it calls “acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale”.
“These terrorist activities by ISIL are totally unacceptable by international human rights and international humanitarian law,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking on a visit to New Zealand.
Amnesty International says IS is waging a “brutal campaign to obliterate all trace of non-Arabs and non-Sunni Muslims” in northern Iraq, which is “leading thousands to flee in fear for their lives”.
Convert to Islam or die demands, accounts of mass killings and abductions and reports of rape and sexual abuse fill a report full of harrowing human suffering that makes grim reading indeed.