The human rights organization Human Rights Watch has accused the Syrian government of sexually assaulting transgender men, boys and women, and members of the non-binary community – people who do not perceive themselves as male or female – during the conflict. A crisis exacerbated by the total lack of services in host countries such as Lebanon.
The “We were treated like monsters” report released on Thursday reveals the many vulnerabilities that these communities have faced since the beginning of the war. The entire LGBTQ community has been subjected to violence, but the transgender sector has rarely been able to express its pain.
“They are considered” soft, “” says Human Rights Watch’s head of LGBTQ Community Rights, Zeynep Pinar Erdem, author of the report.
“Men and boys in Syria, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, are vulnerable to sexual violence and often remain invisible and without the support that all survivors of sexual violence urgently need.”