The RINJ Foundation– Toronto, Jan. 28, 2015
Abu Du’a is listed at the United Nations Security Council 1267/1989 al-Qaida Sanctions Committee. Abu Du’a is also a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under U.S. Executive Order 13224. He is wanted by The RINJ Foundation for prosecution in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity including Gender-Based Violence and Genocide.
Allegedly, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-declared Islamic State, has ordered the female genital mutilation of two million Kurdish and Iraqi girls to “distance them from debauchery and immorality”.
Rumours investigated by the UN and by various media have raised this concern although the likelihood of a serious “Fatwa” with ISIL enforcement seems ludicrous. No doubt such a “Fatwa” is on Abu Du’a’s wish list.
According to The RINJ Foundation (https://rinj.org/rape/#FGM) Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a violent sexual assault of a high order of criminality at many levels. FGM is usually committed against female babies, children, or women, without consent. The claimed purpose of the crime of FGM is protection of personal property inasmuch as the female is considered to be a chatel or ‘property’ and the alleged “protection” of FGM is the curbing of female promiscuity since the vicious attack on the genitals damages many nerve endings thus destroying sexual pleasure and blunting libido.
This is a crime equal to or greater than rape in its violence and consequences. It is a sinister conduct practiced all over the world in concealed places. The perpetrators of FGM are often performing the FGM violence on many victims and therefore the sentencing for FGM criminals should reflect the impact of the crime. Some countries have legislated FGM as a crime and others have not and in those cases it must be treated as a serious sexual assault crime.
The World Health Organisation states that FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women and reflects a deep-rooted inequality between the sexes.
The practice also violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.
The United Nations second-in-command in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, speaking from the Kurdish provincial capital of Irbil, told reporters during a videoconference organized in Geneva that Islamists in control of the Iraqi city of Mosul had issued a fatwa or edict asking all families around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to circumcise daughters within the specified ages or face severe punishment.Z
Ahmed Obaydi, a spokesman of Mosul Police, told Kurdistan-based BasNews,”Baghdadi’s decision to have all women circumcised is, as he claims, to prevent immorality and promote Islamic attitudes among Muslims. The decision was made by Baghdadi as a ‘gift’ for people in Mosul.”
But civil activist Asil Jamal, quoted by the same news outlet, was more forthright, commenting,”When ISIS was first arriving in Mosul, people were warmly welcoming them, but as a result of ISIS’ horrendous wishes, especially forced female circumcision, it is becoming clear for people that these ISIS militants don’t know anything else except torture.”
Clearly the Islamic State has other issues of importance and enforcement of it’s alleged Fatwa, which we doubt exists, would be an outrageous exercise. We therefore want to make it explicitly clear to all persons that this practice of FGM is a crime by international consensus.