War Profiteers' News, November 2014: Special Gender Issue, No. 43
by Julie L. Arostegui, J.D.
There is no doubt that the group commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) must be stopped. The brutal tactics of this violent, extremist, archaic group that aims to establish a seventh century style Islamist caliphate have been made clear to the world: beheadings of civilians, mass executions, killings, and abductions of non-Muslims and ethnic and religious minorities. Especially disturbing is the horrifying sexual violence that is being committed against women and children as a tactic of war. United Nations officials have condemned the “barbaric acts” of sexual violence and “savage rapes” that ISIS has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control.
The Arms Trade Treaty comes into force on the 24th of December, to general celebration on the part of feminists, who particularly welcome its clause on the restriction of arms sales where those arms may be used for gender based violence.