A Turkish relief organization called for the immediate, unconditioned release of women and children from the prisons of the Assad regime as it stressed the importance of referring those involved in violations to the International Criminal Court.
The calls were made during a side-event the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) held at the UN Geneva Office on Wednesday to raise awareness about women and children in the prisons of the Assad regime.
The NGO demanded the release of at least 7,000 women who are detained, some along with their children, by the Assad regime and subjected to systematic torture.
British rights activist Gareth Bryce pointed out that thousands of mothers and children are enduring torture in the prisons of the Assad regime, adding that “many of them have been executed and their bodies been disposed of.”
Bryce said that the international community is now regrettably unable to punish the regime that tortures detainees. “But one day all those involved in these violations will be brought before the International Criminal Court and justice will be done.”
Rahaf al-Dougli, a Britain-based Syrian academic, described the humanitarian disaster in Syria as the worst in modern history. She added that the overwhelming majority of those who were killed are women and children, pointing out that 13,500 women have been imprisoned by the Assad regime, nearly 7,000 of which are still being tortured, raped and subjected to other forms of inhumane treatment. She also said that the regime is using rape as a means of intimidation and coercion.
İzzet Şahin, a member of the IHH Board of Directors, called for the immediate, unconditioned release of detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime.
Şahin highlighted the efforts being made by the Turkish NGO to help civilians who are subjected to human rights violations in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)