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ISIS militants execute leading human rights lawyer and activist in Iraq

 Iraqi lawyer and human rights advocate Samira Saleh Al-Naimi
Iraqi lawyer and human rights advocate Samira Saleh Al-Naimi

On 22 August 2014, an armed group linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) killed Iraqi lawyer and human rights advocate Samira Saleh Al-Naimi in a plaza in the city of Mosul. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces this heinous crime.

Al-Naimi was abducted from her home a week earlier, after she had written about the damages inflicted to the city of Mosul's landmarks describing them as barbaric. Al-Naimi is one of Iraq's most prominent activists, particularly in defending detainees and supporting deprived families in Mosul.

"The acts being committed daily by the ISIS group in Iraq and Syria must be deemed as crimes against humanity as well as what all heavenly religions call for," stated ANHRI. "These acts are also in breach of international treaties and conventions on human rights in times of war. ISIS is targeting any and all dissidents and human rights defenders in Iraq using torture and murder.

ANHRI calls on Iraqi authorities to urgently investigate this incident and to bring all perpetrators to trial.

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