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    UN Report Urges Iraqi Gov't to Support Female Victims of Daesh Sexual Slavery

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    Iraq’s government is responsible to provide care, protection and justice for survivors of sexual slavery under the rule of Daesh terrorist group, a United Nations report said on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The report described how women from the Yazidi and other minority communities have been subjected to rape and sexual assault in forced marriages, abduction, slavery and forced religious conversion.

    The report also noted that Iraq’s criminal justice system largely fails to ensure the appropriate protection of victims, especially children born of enslaved women.

    "The physical, mental and emotional injuries inflicted by ISIL [Daesh] are almost beyond comprehension," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein stated in a press release summarizing the report.

    Both victims and their children need both justice and redress for their suffering, Zeid said.

    The report recommended that the government create programs to provide support and care for victims; information and counseling services to reunite separated families and guarantee birth registration for children born in captivity.


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