Iraq’s Ambassador to the UN had some disturbing news for the Security Council Tuesday. ISIS is reportedly harvesting organs to finance its operations, the International Business Times reported.
Ambassador Mohammed Alhakim said ISIS is harvesting organs from “fallen fighters, injured people who were abandoned, and people who were kidnapped,” the news agency reported. The news comes only a day after reports that ISIS burned alive 45 captured Iraqi security forces as Inquisitr previously reported.
Evidence of ISIS’s organ harvesting practice surfaced when people discovered in shallow mass graves were found with surgical incisions on their bodies and missing organs, Fox News reported. The organs were evidently sold through organ trafficking networks.
“We have bodies. Come and examine them,” the ambassador told the Security Council. “It is clear they are missing certain parts.”
Alhakim is calling on the UN to investigate ISIS’s actions with respect to organ trafficking. The UN’s Special Representative to Iraq, Nikolai Mladenov, has backed Alhakim’s claims, indicating there is testimony that verifies his reports, and proving ISIS is funding its cause through the sale of organs.
The ambassador also claimed ISIS is murdering doctors who won’t remove organs for them.
“It’s very clear that the tactics (ISIS) is using expand by the day,” Mladenov said.
During his visit to the UN, Alhakim also accused ISIS of committing “crimes of genocide” against certain ethnic groups.
“These terrorist groups have desecrated all human values. They have committed the most heinous criminal terrorist acts against the Iraqi people whether Shi’ite, Sunni, Christians, Turkmen, Shabak or Yazidis.”
Though Alhakim didn’t provide the Security Council with more details, the Daily Star reported Mladenov’s concern for Iraq’s ethic and religious communities currently under the thumb of ISIS control, including thousands of captive women and children.
“Almost daily terrorist attacks continue to deliberately target all Iraqis, most notably the Shiite community, as well as ethnic and religious minorities, across the country. Equally worrying is the increasing number of reports of revenge attacks committed particularly against members of the Sunni community in areas liberated from [ISIS] control.”
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