According to U.N. investigators, the Islamist rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has been accumulating a large and grisly record of gross human rights violations since its invasion of northern Iraq early this month.
Human rights investigators working with the U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq say they have verified numerous alleged violations perpetrated by ISIS. But they assert that the numbers they cite of civilians killed and injured are underestimated.
The U.N. report finds at least 757 civilians were killed and 599 injured in Nineveh, Diyala and Sala al-Din Provinces between June 5 and 22. U.N. Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville said these figures include summary executions and extra-judicial killings of civilians, police, and soldiers who were not fighting.
The U.N. Assistance Mission in Iraq documents the cases of dozens of other foreigners, as well as Shia civilians and members of minority groups that have been abducted in Mosul, Baghdad and other places. It said some of those kidnapped have been released, while others have been subsequently found dead, in some cases by summary execution.
The report highlights dozens of videos broadcast by ISIL showing cruel treatment and beheadings and shootings of soldiers and police officers out of combat. It says some of these people apparently are targeted because of their religion or ethnicity.