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Aug 142014
 

An article posted yesterday on the “UN News Centre” website titled ” ‘Barbaric’ sexual violence perpetrated by Islamic State militants in Iraq – UN”

(https://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48477&Cr=iraq&Cr1=#.U-zJqpDD_cs; obtained on August 14, 2014) began the following way:

“13 August 2014 – Two senior United Nations officials today condemned in the strongest terms the ‘barbaric acts’ of sexual violence and ‘savage rapes’ the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control.

In a joint statement from Baghdad, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence (SRSG) in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov urged the immediate protection of civilians.

‘We are gravely concerned by continued reports of acts of violence, including sexual violence against women and teenage girls and boys belonging to Iraqi minorities,’ Ms. Bangura and Mr. Mladenov said.

‘Atrocious accounts of abduction and detention of Yazidi, Christian, as well as Turkomen and Shabak women, girls and boys, and reports of savage rapes, are reaching us in an alarming manner,’ Ms. Bangura and Mr. Mladenov stated, pointing out that some 1,500 Yazidi and Christian persons may have been forced into sexual slavery.”

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