"The existence of armed conflict in certain regions does not excuse or justify the absence of the rule of law in the broader Iraq," Gilmore stated. "Judicial independence, an end to arbitrary detentions, respect for due process, the prohibition of torture — these are neither ideals nor luxuries, but are indispensable foundations of stability."
Gilmore claimed that Iraq has a long memory, but is short on vision.
"It is like a vehicle travelling over rocky terrain, with a large rearview mirror but only a keyhole for a windscreen, despite a vicious contest for the wheel," she explained.
The Islamic State, also known as Daesh, controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, in which it claims to have established an Islamic caliphate. The group is notorious for its brutality and human rights violations, including summary executions of captured opponents and journalists, as well as the execution-style slayings of Christians and other religions minorities.