ISIL "committing genocide against Yazidis"

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Carla del Ponte and Paulo Pinheiro from the Commission of Inquiry into rights violations in Syria, at a press conference in Geneva. Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Extremists of the ISIL terrorist group have committed genocide against the Yazidi people caught up in the Syria conflict and the brutality is still happening, UN investigators said Thursday.

Paulo Pinheiro, who heads a UN Commission of Inquiry report into abuses in the war-torn country, said that "every Yazidi man, woman and child" captured by the group has been subjected to "the most horrific of atrocities".

According to the report, men and teenage boys have been shot, while thousands of women and girls are still being held captive by ISIl fighters and sold as slaves.

Daniel Johnson reports from Geneva.

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