Monday, 09 March 2020 19:06

Rights Group: Nearly 30,000 Women Killed & 10,000 Detained since March 2011

A new report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) highlighted the widespread, gross violations against women in the prisons of the Assad regime, indicating that at least 9,668 women are still detained and forcibly disappeared.

According to the report, which was issued on the occasion of International Women's Day, at least 28,316 women have been killed across Syria since the start of the revolution in March 2011. Of those, 21,933 were killed by the Assad regime forces, while 1,578 were killed in attacks by the Russian forces. The ISIS extremist group killed 980 women, while Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham militant group killed 81 others. The PYD militia killed 250 women, while 1,307 were killed by other groups. Attacks by the International anti-ISIS coalition killed 959 women, while 1,228 others were killed in attacks that he Network said were untraceable.

The Network pointed out that 8,156 women are still detained and forcibly disappeared by the Assad regime, while 249 were forcibly disappeared by ISIS. HTS is responsible for the enforced disappearance of 29 women, while 383 women are still detained by the PYD militia. At least 851 women are still detained by other groups.

The report indicated that 90 women have been killed under torture since March 2011, 72 of whom were killed by the Assad regime, 14 by ISIS, two by the PYD militia, and two by other militant groups.

The monitoring group said that it had recorded no fewer than 11,523 incidents involving sexual violence against women since March 2011, 8,013, of which were committed by the Assad regime. ISIS was responsible for 3,487 incidents, while the PYD militia was responsible for 12 others. Around 12 other incidents were committed by other militant groups.

The Network called on the UN Security Council to issue a binding resolution on the basic rights of women to protect them from indiscriminate killings and sexual violence. It also called for the delivery of urgent aid to the forcibly displaced women and the release of female detainees. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)

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