Syrian civilians continue to suffer from conflict, says head of UN panel

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Paulo Pinheiro, Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, addresses journalists at a press conference by the Commission. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

War crimes and gross human rights violations continue to be perpetrated in Syria as the conflict rages on.

That's what the United Nations Commission of inquiry on Syria says in its latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.

It says government forces and affiliated militias are carrying out widespread attacks against the civilian population through indiscriminate shelling, unlawful killing, torture, enforced disappearances and sexual violence.

The report also says anti-government groups have besieged towns and are committing war crimes on an increasing scale, including extra-judicial executions, torture, hostage taking and pillage.

The chairperson of the Syria Commission, Paulo Pinheiro tells UN Radio's Patrick Maigau that the population of Syria is facing a situation of terrible suffering.

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