"These families, accused of wrongdoing by association, are in many cases themselves victims of Daesh abuses and should be protected by government forces, not targeted for retribution," HRW Deputy Middle East Director Lama Fakih was quoted as saying in a statement.
"Iraq’s parliament should issue a decree calling on the local governorate councils to rescind the decrees and on armed forces to cease the forced displacements, reiterating the unlawfulness of these displacements," HRW said, urging for quick action before the practice spreads further across the country.
The destruction of property belonging to the so-called Daesh families, as well as detentions and beatings, were also noted.
Human rights organizations have repeatedly called on the Iraqi government to reign in Shiite-dominated militias taking part in the anti-IS operation in the mainly Sunni north of the country. PMF affiliates have been accused of taking part in killings, torture and destruction of infrastructure against Sunni civilians without any effort on the part of the government to punish or investigate the abuses.