After reviewing Iraq's record for the first time since 1998, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child denounced "the systematic killing of children belonging to religious and ethnic minorities by the so-called Isis, including several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive."
"We have had reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding," committee expert Renate Winter told a news briefing, reported Reuters.
"We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities. The scope of the problem is huge."
"Children of minorities have been captured in many places ... sold in the market place with tags, price tags on them, they have been sold as slaves," said Winter.
A total of 18 independent experts reportedly worked on the report and called on Iraqi authorities to "rescue children" from IS and bring to justice the perpetrators.
"There is a duty of a state to protect all its children. The point is just how are they going to do that in such a situation?" said Winter.