UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein called on the Iraqi authorities to immediately clarify the fate of some 900 men and boys, who, according to his information, were seized in early June, the Shiite militia after the liberation of the city of Fallujah of militants of the terrorist group „Islamic state. “
According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), referring to the testimony of eyewitnesses, June 1, a group of about 8 thousand. Civilians, among whom there were about 1,500 men and adolescents older than 14 years, left his village Saklaviya near Fallujah. On the way, they came upon Shiite militia units.
Military women were taken to the camps controlled by the government, and the men and boys were detained. June 5 arrested were divided into two groups, one of which is composed of 605 people were sent to the government center for the displaced Ameriat Fallujah. The fate of the second group of 900 people is still unknown, which, according to al-Hussein, „a matter of great concern.“ According to the OHCHR reports, 643 people from this group are unaccounted for, 49 were killed or died as a result of torture.
UN High Commissioner stressed that it probably is a „worst-case and is not the first incident involving an informal militia, warring with the government forces against the IG.“ He called on the Iraqi government to bring the perpetrators to justice, to find out the whereabouts of the disappeared people and what happened to them. According to him, such incidents „give IG propaganda victory and lead to replenish its ranks.“