Syria misery is getting even worse, say rights experts

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Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The people of Syria are suffering to an unimaginable extent while the world stands witness, UN human rights experts said Thursday.

Listing terrible human rights abuses in the conflict between President Bashar Al-Assad and rebels, a UN Commission of Inquiry panel warned that there was "no end in sight" to the fighting.

Commission chairman Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro also condemned all parties to the conflict who he said had "once again miserably failed to protect civilians" and were responsible for war crimes.

And he called for the international community to stop the supply of weapons to the conflict, which has left at least 250,000 people dead.

Daniel Johnson has more.

The UN Commission of Inquiry report into the Syrian conflict details terrible suffering, recounted by more than 300 eyewitnesses to human rights violations.

These include victims from the recent Douma market place massacre in Damascus which killed 100 people.

Panel chair Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro said that after more than four-and-a-half years of conflict between forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad and rebel groups, human rights violations are getting even worse.

Nothing short of action from the international community is needed to stop the bloodshed, Pinheiro said.

"The majority of war crimes, crimes against humanity, human rights violations, are perpetrated by weapons furnished by the protectors of the warring parties. These weapons, they don't fall from the heavens."

The UN report details how women and children continue to be caught up in indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks, or even recruited into the conflict and indoctrinated.

And it highlights how Syria's Yazidi minority still faces dreadful persecution by rebel groups, with thousands of women held in sexual slavery and married off.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva.

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