UN: armed groups commit war crimes of hostage-taking, torture, and rape in occupied Afrin

A report from the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria has found widespread evidence of torture and sexual and gender-based violence targeting civilians who have been kidnapped by Turkish-backed armed groups in occupied Afrin, and warned that many of these violations amount to war crimes.Continue reading UN: armed groups commit war crimes of hostage-taking, torture, and rape in occupied Afrin

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: fate of 109 women in Afrin is unknown

August 30th, 2020 marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Out of 173 women and girls who have allegedly been kidnapped by armed groups in occupied Afrin since January 2018, just 64 have been reported to have been released. The fate of 109 others is unknown.Continue reading International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances: fate of 109 women in Afrin is unknown

US government report finds impunity for abuses targeting women in occupied Afrin

The latest U.S. Department of Defense Lead Inspector General report to the United States Congress on Operation Inherent Resolve found credible reports of kidnappings of women in occupied Afrin, as well as widespread impunity for these incidents and other abuses carried out by Turkish-backed armed groups.Continue reading US government report finds impunity for abuses targeting women in occupied Afrin