Updated October 03, A United Nations report has provided new evidence of what it calls a staggering list of human rights abuses by Islamic State IS militants in Iraq. The report, based on interviews, provides evidence of mass executions, the kidnapping of women and girls to use as sex slaves, and the use of child soldiers. The report detailed how Iraqi police officers, soldiers and journalists had been killed in a series of mass executions.
Help us continue to fight human rights abuses. Please give now to support our work. Almost eight years after US-led forces invaded Iraq, the country's transition to a functioning and sustainable democracy built on rule of law is far from accomplished. The rights of Iraq's most vulnerable citizens, especially women and detainees, are violated with impunity, and those who would expose official malfeasance or abuses by armed groups do so at enormous risk.
The status of women in Iraq at the beginning of the 21st century is affected by many factors: wars most recently the Iraq War , sectarian religious conflict, debates concerning Islamic law and Iraq's Constitution , cultural traditions, and modern secularism. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi women are widowed as a result of a series of wars and internal conflicts. Women's rights organizations struggle against harassment and intimidation, while they work to promote improvements to women's status in the law, in education, the workplace, and many other spheres of Iraqi life, and to curtail abusive traditional practices such as honor killings and forced marriages.