An international rights monitor has reported the discovery of an execution site in the Iraqi city of Mosul, and given warning of a resurgence of violence if no one is held to account over the murder and torture of Iraqis in the battle against ISIS.
Human Rights Watch’s report, published on Wednesday, adds to growing accounts of extrajudicial killings, torture and unlawful detention by Iraqi forces in the final phase of the battle to retake west Mosul from ISIS.
It details the discovery of the corpses of 17 men, executed in an empty building in west Mosul, on July 17.
Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East director, urged Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, to investigate and punish those responsible, warning that his victory over ISIS, would be short-lived if abuses go unpunished.
Abadi formally declared victory over ISIS in Mosul on July 10.
“As Prime Minister Abadi enjoys victory in Mosul, he is ignoring the flood of evidence of his soldiers’ committing vicious war crimes in the very city he’s promised to liberate,” Whitson said…
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