Conflict in Syria reaches "tipping point"

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Paulo Pinheiro. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The conflict in Syria has reached a "tipping point threatening the entire region" according to the Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in the country.

Paulo Pinheiro presented the latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.

Mr. Pinheiro said that in over 3,000 interviews the Commission has collected "detailed narratives indicating a massive number of war crimes and crimes against humanity."

He pointed out that the Commission has begun to investigate thousands of photographs of persons allegedly killed in government military facilities after being starved and tortured.

"The conflict in Syria has reached the tipping point, threatening the entire region. Violence has escalated to an unprecedented level. Syrians live in a world where common decisions about their lives whether to go to the mosque for prayers, to the market for food or to send their children to school have become decisions about life and death. They are living like that for the last three years." (27")

The Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria was established by UN Human Rights Council in August 2011 to investigate all alleged violations of international law in Syria since March 2011.

It has not been allowed by the Syrian government to undertake investigations inside the country.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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