Islamic State committing genocide against Yazidis, says UN Syria panel

Islamic State committing genocide against Yazidis, says UN Syria panel

Islamic State is committing genocide and other war crimes against the Yazidi community in Iraq and Syria, a UN investigative panel on Syria said as it urged countries to do more to stop it.

The Council of Inquiry on Syria issued its first report specifically looking at IS crimes against Yazidis following the group's attack on unarmed Yazidi communities in north-western Iraq in August 2014. Many Yazidis were taken into Syria.

The report says IS still holds over 3,200 Yazidi women and children.

The 41-page report cited slave markets in Syria where Yazidi women and girls are sold exclusively to IS fighters.

It says within the last year IS has begun holding online slave auctions with an encrypted application to circulate photos of captured Yazidi women and girls.

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