PYD denounced war crimes of the Turkish state in Afrin and called for international investigation and action.
The Democratic Union Party (PYD) released a statement on the acts perpetrated by the Turkish state forces in the territories they have invaded in North-East Syria. PYD remarked that the Turkish state has been using mercenaries in its occupation attacks against the region including Afrin, Gire Spi (Tal Abyad) and Serekaniye (Ras al-Ain) and trampling on all human and moral values during the attacks.
“War, too, has a law and rule. The Turkish state, however, respects no rules of battle,” said the statement.
Recalling that the Turkish-backed al-Hamzat group has kidnapped eight women from Afrin to extort ransom, PYD stressed that; “The practices of the Turkish state and their mercenaries are no different from the practices of ISIS.”
PYD called on the international community and authorities to fulfil their responsibilities against the war crimes committed by the Turkish state, saying; “An international investigation must be launched into the documented war crimes committed in the Turkish occupied regions such as Afrin, Serekaniye and Gire Spi. Furthermore, the international community must do their part to ensure the safe return of displaced people from Turkish occupied regions.”
PYD calls for U.N. investigation into Turkey’s crimes in Afrin, Gri Spi and Sari Kani
The Syrian pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) has called on the U.N.to launch an investigation into crimes committed by the Turkish state and its affiliated mercenaries in Syria’s Kurdish cities of Afrin, Sari Kani and Gri Spi.
In statement issued on Sunday, the PYD urged the U.N. to form an investigative commission to examine Turkey’s “kidnapping and murder of civilians, including women and children, and demographic engineering” in the Turkish- controlled region in the Kurdish majority in the north of Syria, pro-Kurdish Fırat News Agency reported.
In January 2018, Turkey declared a military offensive into northern Syria’s Afrin, a mainly Kurdish populated canton cut off from the rest of Kurdish-held territory. After a two-month offensive against Kurdish militia, Turkish troops and Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (T-FSA) took control of the enclave’s main town on March 17, 2018.
The PYD said 8 Kurdish women in Afrin had been subject to “physical torture’’ and kidnappings, where they were “stripped naked in mercenary detention centers.’’
“We demand an investigation commission for crimes committed in the region of Afrin,” it said.
“The region of Afrin is a forgotten area,’’ the statement further added .”The main responsibility for this lies with the UN, which has lost its legitimate role in the region, as well as with Russia and the International Coalition.”
Following an in-depth investigation into life in Afrin under Turkish military occupation, Amnesty International in August 2018, said Turkish forces have been giving Syrian armed groups free rein to commit serious human rights abuses against civilians in Afrin.
Human Rights Watch documented in April 2018 that Syrian armed groups were looting and destroying civilian property in Afrin and surrounding villages, exacerbating the plight of civilians.
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