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Sexual Violence in Syria Used as Tool to Instill Fear and Shame

The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria condemns the rampant sexual and gender-based violence used by Syria’s warring parties to instill fear in the civilian population and to humiliate and shame their victims into silence. The U.N. investigators find sexual and gender-based violence is pervasive throughout Syrian society. No one is spared. They say countless thousands of women and girls, of men and boys have been and continue to be subjected to the most degrading, punishing forms of...

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