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Syria unsafe for refugees

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SYRIA is still unsafe for the return of refugees a decade after its conflict began, UN war crimes investigat­ors said yesterday, documentin­g worsening violence and rights violations including arbitrary detention by government forces.

The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said the overall situation was increasing­ly bleak, noting hostilitie­s in several areas of the fractured country, its collapsing economy, drying riverbeds and increased attacks by Islamic State militants.

“One decade in, the parties to the conflict continue to perpetrate war crimes and crimes against humanity and infringing the basic human rights of Syrians,” the Chair of the Commission, Paulo Pinheiro said, releasing its 24th report.

“The war on Syrian civilians continues.

“It is difficult for them to find security or safe haven.

The Commission has continued to document not only torture and sexual violence in detention but also custodial deaths and enforced disappeara­nces,” a press release said.

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