Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Women under Siege: Syria and the use of rape as a weapon of war | Sima Barmania

I’m betting nary a word on Syria at General Assembly this week.  Not our concern so to speak.

The announcement over the weekend to suspend the activities of UN observers in Syria represents a stark indication of the chaos unfolding within the country, as well as the “escalating violence”.

Furthermore, over the course of the Syrian crisis there has also been horrendous reports of gender based violence.

Last week the organisation Human Rights Watch reported that Syrian government forces have been using sexual violence to facilitate torture of both men and women detainees.  In addition, the organisation has also heard testimonies from civilians who have also suffered violence of a sexual nature in their own homes.

Women under Siege: Syria and the use of rape as a weapon of war | Sima Barmania | Independent Editor's choice Blogs

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