15 accused female ISIS members condemned to die by hanging

Unfair ISIS Trial in Iraq Hands Women Harshest Sentences

Iraq Sentences Turkish ISIS Brides To Death By Hanging

The central criminal court issued the sentences "after it was proven they belong to the Daesh terrorist group and after they confessed to marrying Daesh elements or providing members of the group with logistical aid or helping them carry out terrorist attacks", said Judge Abdul-Sattar al-Birqdar, referring to the militant group using an Arabic acronym.

"But keeping women and children who did nothing wrong beyond having a relative join ISIS out of work, out of school, and in fear of arrest every day will do nothing to foster reconciliation in Iraq".

Recently, Agence France-Presse (AFP) claimed that there were some 300 Turkish women, who used to be affiliated with Daesh, in Iraq. Four of them brought their children with them, according to the BBC.

On Thursday, the Iraqi authorities handed over four women and 27 children from IS families to Russian Federation, after being cleared of charges of involvement in terrorist operations against civilians or security forces, Iraqi Foreign Ministry said.

About 1,700 women and children linked to an "Islamic state" surrendered or were captured in Iraq.

16 Turkish women are sentenced to death by hanging for joining Islamic State (ISIS).

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In January, a German woman was sentenced to death on such charges.

A German woman was sentenced to death last month for belonging to the group and a Russian fighter was also sentenced to death in Iraq previous year for joining the hardline group.

Human Rights Watch denounced the rulings as "unfair". Iraq in December declared victory over the IS, which had seized control of almost a third of the country in 2014.

He added, "This also applies to foreign women of ISIS militants".

Belkis Wille, a senior Iraq researcher at Human Rights Watch, was quoted by CNN as saying: "In these cases, the women are getting the harshest possible sentences for what appears to be marriage to an ISIS member or a coerced border crossing". It suggests that the Iraqi authorities "should develop a national strategy to prioritize the prosecution of those who committed the most serious crimes".

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