Arab women: just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse

Mass graves

The Iraqi government has reported that some 150 women in the Iraqi city of Fallujah have been executed by ISIS and buried in two mass graves for refusing the practice of Jihad al-Nikah (serving as consorts to jihadist fighters).

Torture and death of Samira Salih al-Nuaimi

Meanwhile, in Mosul, prominent human rights lawyer Sameera Salih Ali al-Nuaimy was tortured and murdered for criticizing ISIS on Facebook, continuing a pattern of ISIS targeting of educated professional women. Her death was announced by United Nations officials, who condemned the killing.

So, Samira has got a Wikipedia article, right?  Nope.  So those two links were the New York Times and Reliefweb. Here are some more Reliable Sources:  LA Times, Huffington Post, Al Arabiyah. The Bahrain-based Gulf Center for Human Rights confirms the date of her death as 22 September 2014.

Al-Jazeera has the White House statement. They are spelling her name “Samira Salih al-Nuaimi”. Oh, oopsie, the statement that Al-Jazeera attributes to the White House is actually from the State Department, but thanks to their diligence in translation, we now have the Arabic for her name: سميرة صالح النعيمي.

Update: Slate,  The Independent, have now published pieces on her.

Sameera-Salih-Ali-Al-NuaimyWrong photo

The photo used by AP in their story is not Samira Salih al-Nuaimi, the dead Iraqi  human rights lawyer, but an education journalist of the same name in the United Arab Emirates, who is understandably distressed by the use of her photo.

Syrian human rights report

The Syrian Network For Human Rights has published a report for the November 25, 2014, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women based on SNHR’s archive of documented victims, prisoners, and forcibly-disappeared persons who all were documented through the network’s ongoing daily documentation and monitoring program since 2011 and highlights 15 testimonies. PDF text.


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