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Defectors: Torture of children, rape by Syrian army ‘routine’

DOMZIN, Iraq — In addition to shooting unarmed civilians, Syrian military personnel routinely have raped women and girls, tortured children and encouraged troops to loot the houses they storm, former foot soldiers say. “What I have seen with my own … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Assault: Charting Syria’s Use of Rape to Terrorize Its People

A woman swathed in black squares her shoulders and calmly looks into a camera. She holds a Quran. Only a sliver of her face — her eyeglasses — shows. “What happened to me hasn’t happened to anyone, or if it … Continue reading

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Male detainee says officers threatened to rape his family

A Human Rights Watch report issued on July 3, 2012, documents cases of torture used in Syrian detention centers since March 2011. The cases were ascertained through face-to-face interviews with the former detainees. According to the report, a man named … Continue reading

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Detainee reports being tortured in Latakia

A Human Rights Watch report issued on June 15, 2012, documents cases of sexualized violence in detention and home raids that occurred primarily between March 2011 and March 2012. “Salim,” who told HRW that he was detained at the Political … Continue reading

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Syria’s widows: Hungry and homeless, but undefeated

By: Tara Sutton With criminals and rebels helping them on their way, Syria’s army of refugees marches by night, in single file and silence, towards the Jordanian border. More than 140,000 desperate people, many of them women and children, have … Continue reading

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Syria’s Escalating Violence Targets Women

By: Mehrunisa Qayyum I want to understand why the senior White House official could not explain how dealing with Syria through a variety of coordinated measures would help stabilize the Middle East region at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) convention … Continue reading

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Former soldier alleges he was repeatedly forced to rape women

A 21-year-old former soldier originally from Al-Hasaka, in northeastern Syria, told German news outlet Spiegel Online International about being forced to rape women held in detention. The man alleged that the rapes occurred at a sugar factory used by the … Continue reading

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1,500 women raped in prison, details one woman’s sexual torture

Um Zaher, an activist coordinating care for Syrian rape victims in Jordan, told Al-Jazeera that she is aiding girls and women of all ages who have been sexually violated. She said that an unspecified international organization interviewed many of the … Continue reading

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Syrian forces kill 17, including women and children, in Deraa

The Syrian town of Deraa, where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad erupted 15 months ago, was the scene of a new massacre on Saturday when helling by government forces killed 17 people, including 10 women, the Syrian Observatory for … Continue reading

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Assad’s thugs are raping and impregnating women in Syria

By: Michael Weiss One of the least explored aspects of the Syrian regime’s repression is the raping of women. Various human rights monitors have documented cases of sexual violence perpetrated by Bashar al-Assad’s security forces against men, many of them young … Continue reading

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