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Facebook Post Costs Iraqi Activist Her Life

Samira Salih al-Nuaimi Samira Salih al-Nuaimi

A respected Muslim lawyer and the mother of three children lost her life last week at the hands of Islamic State terrorists who were angry about a blog she posted on Facebook which was critical of the group's actions.

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that Samira Salih al-Nuaimi, a well-known human rights lawyer in the Iraqi City of Mosul was arrested by militants at the home she shared with her husband and three children and taken to a secret location where she was brutally tortured and murdered. The UN claims she was publicly executed by a masked firing squad in front of a government building in central Mosul.

Afterward, her husband and family were warned against giving her a funeral, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

"Al-Nuaimy was seized from her home by ISIL fighters and tortured for days before she was killed in cold blood by a squad of so-called fighters", Zeid said.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq said her arrest is believed to be connected with a Facebook message she posted which was critical of the group's destruction of religious sites in Mosul during the month of August. Militants claimed they destroyed the mosques and shrines because they were promoting idolatry.

"A statement by the U.N. on Thursday added that al-Nuaimi was tried in a so-called 'Sharia court' for apostasy, after which she was tortured for five days before the militants sentenced her to 'public execution.' Her Facebook page appears to have been removed since her death," the AP reports.

News of the senseless killing has aroused worldwide condemnation.

"By torturing and executing a female human rights' lawyer and activist, defending in particular the civil and human rights of her fellow citizens in Mosul, ISIL continues to attest to its infamous nature, combining hatred, nihilism and savagery, as well as its total disregard of human decency," said Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. envoy to Iraq.

Al-Nuaimi is not the only female Muslim activist to have been murdered by radical Islamic state terrorists. In July, militants in the nearby town of Sderat broke into the home of a female candidate in the last provincial council elections. They killed her and abducted her husband. On the same day, another female politician was abducted from her home in eastern Mosul and remains missing to this day.

Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, was captured by the Islamic State in June, demanding that all religious minorities convert to Islam, pay special taxes, or be killed. Tens of thousands fled the city which has been left in the hands of the militants who are enforcing a draconic version of Islam on the remaining inhabitants including a strict dress code on women and even veiling the faces of female mannequins in store front windows.

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