Militants kill Iraqi woman lawyer who campaigned for human rights

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 25, 2014 at 12:31 p.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — According to U.N. officials in Iraq, Islamic State militants have publicly killed a human rights lawyer in the city of Mosul. This, after their self-styled Islamic court ruled that she had abandoned Islam.

The U.N. mission says the woman (Samira Salih al-Nuaimi) was seized from her home last week after allegedly posting messages on Facebook that criticized the militants' destruction of religious sites in Mosul.

It says she was tried in a so-called "Sharia court" -- and was then tortured for five days before the militants sentenced her to "public execution."

The mission says she was killed on Monday.

The militant group captured Mosul -- Iraq's second-largest city -- during its rapid advance across northern and western Iraq in June. In Mosul, which used to be a diverse city, the group has forced religious minorities to convert to Islam, and to pay special taxes or face death. Tens of thousands have fled. The militants enforce a strict dress code on women -- even requiring veils on the faces of female mannequins in store fronts.

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