Afrin’s Syrian Kurds Continue to Pay Price of Turkey’s Occupation

Since Turkey took control of Afrin in 2018, the city’s Syrian Kurds face arbitrary detentions, torture, sexual violations, property theft, extrajudicial killing, and gender-based violence. Throughout the Turkish-occupied territories, a cycle of violence and abuse has become common as Turkish-backed opposition groups are turning to criminal activities to exploit citizens, particularly Syrian Kurds and Yazidis.

Afrin is now among the worst places in Syria for women’s rights and political representation.

Since Turkey’s occupation, women have been almost entirely forced out of the public sphere, particularly the indigenous Kurdish and Yazidi women, said Bodette.