UN deplores ISIL’s ‘barbaric’ murder of Japanese journalist

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Security Council have deplored the apparent murder of a Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), despite the Council’s demand for his immediate release.

A statement to the press issued by the 15-member Council earlier today said that this crime “heinous and cowardly crime” is, yet again, a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists and others face every day in Syria.

It also demonstrates the brutality of ISIL, which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people, added the Council.