Assad regime has killed 21,933 Syrian females since 2011
Abeer al-Daher Syrian engineer killed by Assad warplanes in Idlib's Saraqib in December 2019
Date: 2020-03-09 10:17
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reveals in its report released on Sunday (March 8) to mark the occasion of International Women’s Day that Syrian women continue to suffer from the worst types of violations, and that SNHR has documented the deaths of at least 21,933 females at the hands of Assad militias since 2011, while at least 8,156 females are still detained or forcibly disappeared by Assad Regime.
“Despite the sensitivity of violations against women and the clear condemnation by the provisions of international law of these violations, we note a complete failure to implement protection for women in Syria, firstly by the Security Council, and, secondly, by the international community. Many of the violations against women, which amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes, have barely received any censure, let alone sufficient levels of condemnation and denunciation, or at the very least any effort to exert economic and political pressure to alleviate them even if they cannot be immediately ended.” Fadel Abdul Ghany, Chairman of the Syrian Network for Human Rights, said.
The report documents the deaths of at least 28,316 females at the hands of the main perpetrator parties to the conflict in Syria between March 2011 and March 2020; of this total, the Assad regime killed 21,933, while Russian forces killed 1,578, and ISIS killed 980. A further 1,307 females were killed the hands of factions of the Armed Opposition, while the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) killed an additional 250, the US-led coalition killed 959, and another 1,329 females were killed by other parties.
According to the report, at least 9,668 females are still detained or forcibly disappeared by the main perpetrator parties in Syria between March 2011 and March 2020, with 8,156 of these being still detained or forcibly disappeared by Assad Regime, while at least 249 females are still forcibly disappeared after being arrested by ISIS. The report also records that at least 383 females are still detained or forcibly disappeared by Syrian Democratic Forces.
According to the report, at least 72 females died as a result of torture by Assad Regime in Syria between March 2011 and March 2020.
The report records at least 8,013 incidents of sexual violence between March 2011 and March 2020 were committed by the Assad regime.
The report calls on the UN Security Council to adopt a binding resolution on the fundamental rights of women, providing absolute protection for women from indiscriminate killings and any attacks on their honor, in particular against rape, forced prostitution and any defilement of women.
The report also calls on the UN Security Council to provide urgent assistance for forcibly displaced females, in addition to demanding the immediate release of female detainees and taking real action to end the horrendous violations perpetrated against them.