HRW: Vicious Torture Part of Daily Life Under Islamic State

 VOA FILE - Militants from the so-called Islamic State stand behind what are said to be Ethiopian Christians in Libya, in this still image from an undated video posted to a social media website on April 19, 2015.

VOA FILE – Militants from the so-called Islamic State stand behind what are said to be Ethiopian Christians in Libya, in this still image from an undated video posted to a social media website on April 19, 2015.

An international human rights group says that under the rule of Islamic State terrorists, brutal torture is an everyday occurrence and escape attempts will elicit, in many cases, a swift execution.

A new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) outlines some of the ways Islamic State (also known as ISIS) attempts to control civilians in the areas it has taken over and details the extent to which the group will go to keep people from fleeing.

Residents who fled from villages in Iraq’s Makhmur district, which was ruled by Islamic State for 21 months, who made it to a refugee camp in Kurdistan detailed several instances in which the terrorist group violated international torture laws.

In one case, a man said ISIS extremists beat him for 18 straight days because he was suspected of selling cigarettes, which is strictly forbidden as part of the group’s Islamic belief system. He also told HRW he saw 15 female Islamic State members repeatedly bite another woman as punishment for not wearing a face cover. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.