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Human Rights Lawyer in Iraq Reportedly Executed for Criticizing ISIS on Her Facebook Page

Taken in Mosul in June.


The U.N. and the Gulf Center for Human Rights say a human rights activist and lawyer from the Iraqi city of Mosul has been killed by ISIS after criticizing the group’s destruction of the city as “barbaric” on her Facebook page. The woman, Sameera Salih Ali al-Nuaimy, was tortured before being killed, the U.N. says. From the Gulf Center’s release:

Reports confirmed that on the evening of 22 September 2014, a group of masked armed men who belong to ISIS opened fire and killed her in a public square in the very heart of Mosul. She was kidnapped by ISIS from her home last week after she described as “barbaric” the widespread damage that ISIS inflicted on ancient features of her city.

Samira Saleh Al-Naimi is a prominent lawyer and human rights defender and famous for her activities that include defending detainees and supporting the disadvantaged families in the city.

Al-Nuaimy is not the first female public figure to be killed by the terrorist group. According to the U.N., “educated, professional women seem to be particularly at risk” for execution by ISIS.