Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, nine experts have been deployed to the UN’s ongoing investigation of crimes. These experts have helped to expose sexual and gender-based crimes committed by all parties — evidence that will be essential to holding perpetrators to account.
Documented: Sexual and gender-based war crimes, crimes against humanity, and acts of genocide, including:
- Rape, sexual violence and sexual slavery of Yazidi women and girls by ISIS
- Murder of gay men, targeted based on their sexuality, by ISIS
- Rape, sexual violence used against women and men by government forces