Types of Violence - Syria

Detention of Women in Syria: A Weapon of War and Terror

12.05.2016 / Created by (EMWF)

This report documents violations against Syrian women who are arbitrarily detained and imprisoned in Syria, at a time of escalation of the armed conflict. It analyses the patterns of female detention based on the testimonies of ten women previously or currently detained in Syria. The study argues that women are increasingly used as “bargaining chip” in hostage exchanges between governmental and anti-government armed groups.  It then outlines the gross violations of fair trial procedures, the abuses women are subjected to, both in official and unofficial detention facilities. The abuses outlined include various forms of deprivation, threats, solitary confinement, as well as different forms of torture, including rape, threats of rape and sexual harassment. The study remarks as well the effects of this detention on the lives of these women after their release, on all levels.


  • Type of publication : Study / Report
  • Author : Sema Nassar
  • Publishing house : Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)
  • Publication date : 2015
  • Number of pages : 42
  • Language : English


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