Rights Group Highlights Assad Regime’s Gross Violations against Syrian Women
A local rights group said it has recorded widespread violations against women in Syria throughout the conflict, including murder, detention and torture sexual abuse. It stressed that the Assad regime and its allies are responsible for the overwhelming majority of those violations amounting to war crimes.
In a new report issued on Friday on the occasion of the International Women's Day, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that the Assad regime forces and its allied militias have killed more than 21,609 women, including 9,901 children since March 2011. It noted that the figure represents about 78 percent of the total number of deaths among women since the beginning of the revolution in Syria in 2011.
The Network added that a total of 27,000 women have been killed in Syria since March 2011. It stressed the importance of issuing a binding resolution on the fundamental rights of women to protect them from the indiscriminate killing and all other types of violations.
The Network went on to say that it had compiled a list of the names of no fewer than 1,002 women who are still detained and forcibly disappeared in Syria. Of those, 8,160 females, including 439 child girls, are held by the regime. The militia of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) is detaining about 471 females, including 309 child girls.
According to the report, 89 women were killed under torture, 72 of whom were killed while in the custody of the Assad regime and two others by the PYD militia. Other violations included sexual abuse and rape. The Network said that it recorded at least 8,032 cases of sexual abuse against Syrian women, 8,016 of whom were carried out by the Assad regime forces and their allied militias. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)