For more than 11 years, Syrians have been caught in the crossfire of a civil war. This conflict is characterised by a high death toll, mass displacement, arbitrary detention, and forced disappearances. Less discussed and acknowledged, but no less characteristic of this drawn-out war, is the systematic and widespread use of sexual violence. Committed by both the Syrian regime and other parties to the conflict, conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is exercised indiscriminately against women, men, and children since the conflict’s onset, but it is especially used as a humiliation tactic in detention settings.
We have partnered with the Association of Detainees and Missing of Sednaya Prison (ADMSP), a survivor-led organisation founded in southern Türkiye by former detainees at the notorious Sednaya prison in Syria. We are also partnering with the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), an organisation with a family centre in the Gaziantep ADMSP facility providing psychosocial support and physiotherapy.
In consultation with their communities, survivors have defined individual interim reparative measures to respond to their needs and acknowledge the harms perpetrated against them. Through the project, each survivor is co-creating their own individual interim reparative measure package, that can include:
- Compensation for a livelihood project or financing for education at a formal institution;
- Medical, psychosocial, and psychological care;
- Legal support.
Survivors will define collective interim reparative measures. In addition to receiving individual measures, ADMSP and GSF will also support survivors through advocacy to obtain recognition of the harms suffered and reparation for survivors through the set-up of an international fund supported by the international community.