Turkey and its mercenaries target women in North East Syria

A new report by the Center for Research and Protection of Women's Rights in Syria exposed killing and violation of women's rights carried out by Turkey and its mercenary allies.

A new report has been published by Navenda lêkolîn û parastina mafên jin (Center for Research and Protection of Women's Rights in Syria). 

The report deals with the violations of the Turkish occupation and the armed factions loyal to it against women in north and northeast Syria.

The report underlines that "the number of those displaced by the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries can be estimated as more than a million civilians, the majority of whom are the Kurdish people and 60% of them are women since the beginning of the attacks of the factions and armed organizations supported by Turkey, starting with the occupation of Afrin and passing through Serekaniye and Gire Spi until today. In addition to the loss of thousands of lives, thousands more were wounded."

The report adds: "The women and children who are most affected by the brutal war in Syria. The armed factions loyal to the Turkish state have violated the sanctities of homes and killed, kidnapped, raped and violated hundreds of women in Afrin, Serêkaniyê and Tel Abyad, with the knowledge and supervision of the occupying Turkish state, despite the four Geneva Conventions and their protocols that confirmed the protection of women in times of war and armed conflict. Despite the fact that many other international conventions were signed by the United Nations to protect women and children in situations of peace and war, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention on the Rights of the Child and the two international covenants on civil rights and Political, economic, social and cultural, and the International Convention against Violence against Women and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)."

The report also underlines that "the International Criminal Court is responsible for punishing the Turkish state for all the crimes committed by Turkey. The aim of this war was from the beginning to destroy the will of women in north and east Syria because women were from the first day of the Rojava revolution an effective dynamic force in the face of the enemies of freedom and decided to obtain their rights. The recent Turkish attack against the members of the Star Conference Zahra Barkal and her companions, is an attempt to break that strong will, through which the Erdogan government and its loyalists see their inevitable death."

The report then records and details 85 killings of women; 123 cases of kidnapping and torturing of women; 168 cases of wounding of women.