UN rights chief: Crimes against humanity in Iraq

Protesters hold placards reading "UN: Stop Genocide in Iraq" during a rally in support of Christians and Yazidi people in Iraq in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)
Protesters hold placards reading "UN: Stop Genocide in Iraq" during a rally in support of Christians and Yazidi people in Iraq in front of the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)

GENEVA (AP) – U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other horrific abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity.

The U.N.’s top human rights official says the grave human rights violations carried out by the Islamic State group and other fighters allied with it include ruthlessly carrying out widespread ethnic and religious purges in areas under its control in an aggressive push to gain a firm grip on the northern and eastern provinces.

Pillay said a statement Monday the violations include targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, trafficking, slavery, sexual abuse, destruction of places of religious and cultural significance, and besieging entire communities for ethnic, religious or sectarian reasons.

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