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.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.