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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, A/HRC/29/51, 16 June 2015

27.     ISIL has been particularly brutal and discriminatory against women. Information collected indicates that, in addition to confining women largely to their homes and dictating what they must wear, with whom they may socialize and where they may work,[50] ISIS elements have committed sexual and gender-based violence, which may constitute war crimes and amount to crimes against humanity. It is reported that Yezidi women in particular have been the target of killings, widespread and systematic enslavement, including sexual slavery, and rape; women have also been sold and forcibly transferred[51] from northern Iraq to areas under ISIL control in the Syrian Arab Republic, where many remain in captivity.[52] There are also credible reports about the rape of girls as young as 6 years old.[53] The targeting of homosexual men on the basis of their sexuality has also been highlighted.

Link to full text of the report: Report-SRCounterTerrorism-2015-eng

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  1. 50. See “Rule of terror”, paras. 47 and 48, and A/HRC/28/69, para. 187.
  2. 51. See A/HRC/28/18, paras. 35–43.
  3. 52. See A/HRC/28/69, paras. 185–188.
  4. 53. See A/HRC/28/18, para. 40.