ERBIL — The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has expressed concern over the multiple cases of sentencing the Islamic State (IS) women to death or life in prison by the Iraqi judiciary authorities, saying the trials were “unfair”.
“It’s just one indicator of how people viewed as colluding with ISIS are receiving unfair trials,” said the HRW on Wednesday. “The women have been charged with illegally entering Iraq and, in some cases, aiding, abetting, or having membership to ISIS, which carries the penalty of life in prison or death under Iraq’s counterterrorism law.”
Earlier in January, the Baghdad Criminal Court sentenced a woman to death for links with IS. The case was followed by another similar sentence for another IS woman earlier this week.
The court has also given life in prison sentences to another 11 women.
“A courtroom observer said that the women’s lawyers contended that the defendants’ husbands or others had tricked them into going to the ISIS-held territory, but maintained that none of the women had been implicated in any violent acts. One woman said in court that her husband took their 2-year-old son and told her to follow him to Iraq or she wouldn’t see her son again.”