Syrians living under "barbaric conditions" in ISIS controlled areas

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Syrians in areas controlled by the Islamist militant group ISIS are speaking out about the "barbaric" conditions they live under, according to a new UN report.

Over 300 people who had fled the violence in the country gave first-hand accounts to members of the UN commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

Photographs, video footage and publications distributed by the armed group were also used.

The report details how executions, amputations and lashings in public spaces have become a daily occurrence.

Paulo Pinheiro is the Chair of the commission.

"Recent arrivals from populations fleeing the domination of the so-called ISIS, I must say that they are -if you want to choose the groups that are more affected by the "rule of terror", that's the title of the report, because ISIS has a policy of terror, of submission, of oppression, of domination, of the civilian population. It's private, it's social, it's public life."

Non-Muslims like Christians, Yazidi, or Kurds are suffering the most, says Pinheiro and are often killed if they do not convert to Islam.

Yazidi women were abducted from Iraq in September and sold as sex slaves in Syria, he adds.

The paper also describes how ISIS has sought to exclude women from public life by dictating what they wear, whom they socialize with and where they can work.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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