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We are thrilled to invite you to join us in the webinar Analysing the work of the Commission of Inquiry on Syria from a SOGIESC lens”.

This webinar aims to explore how the COI reports have identified the ways on which people’s human rights have been violated because of their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.

The webinar will be a dialogue between two wonderful panelists:

Arvind Narrain (ARC International, and author of the Report that analises the work of the COI from a SOGIESC lens) and Mohamad Altasseh (a Syrian activist involved with queer communities in Lebanon, Turkey and Canada).

The webinar will be chaired by Kim Vance Mubanga (Egale Canada).

A little bit of context: The conflict in Syria in March of 2021 passed a grim milestone and entered its eleventh year. The conflict has been accompanied by massive human rights violations committed by all parties. Ever since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, the Commission of Inquiry on Syria (COI) has been documenting the rights violations which have been committed.

The violations documented by the Commission includes mass disappearances, mass detention, sexual violence on women and men, attacks on medical facilities and long-term sieges of entire residential areas of cities which are deemed to host enemy populations. The human rights violations also affected people on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE).

The webinar will be a good opportunity to discuss this situation. 

Please join us on December 17, at 15 hs GMT, through this link: