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Report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, A/HRC/28/69, 5 February 2015

Annex II: Violations documented between 15 July 2014 and 15 January 2015

F. Sexual and gender-based violence

2. Non-State armed groups

184. Accounts have been collected which indicate the vulnerability of women and gay men to sexual assault and harassment at checkpoints run by armed groups. Upon detention, gay men were abused and harmed on the basis of their sexual orientation.

189. Gay men have been targeted on the basis of their sexuality and killed. Reports indicate that such conduct is indicative of a broader pattern of ISIS’ treatment of homosexual men. Such killings constitute murder as a war crime, and a crime against humanity.

Link to full text of the report: Report-COISyria-2015-eng