News | 16.11.2014 | 00:07
The UN commission of inquiry on Syria said on Friday in its latest report that Islamic State used extreme violence against both civilians and captured fighters in Syria.
The report said the abuses, violations and crimes committed by Islamic State against Syrians have been deliberate and calculated. Islamic State violated its obligations toward civilians and captured fighters, amounting to war crimes, it added.
According to the report, in areas where Islamic State has established effective control, executions, amputations and lashings in public spaces have become a regular occurrence. Islamic State systematically denied basic human rights and freedoms and in the context of its attack against the civilian population, has perpetrated crimes against humanity.
The report stated Islamic State sought to exclude Syrian women and girls from public life. Women have been killed, often by stoning, for unapproved contact with the opposite sex. Children have also been the victims, perpetrators and witnesses of Islamic State executions.
Where Islamic State has occupied areas with diverse ethnic and religious communities, minorities have been forced either to assimilate or flee.
The report called to engage international accountability mechanisms, including the International Criminal Court, to hold individuals, including IS commanders, responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Commission emphasized that the lack of a political process had allowed extremism to fester and it was urgent to reach a sustainable solution to the ongoing armed conflict in Syria through an inclusive and Syrian-led political process.