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Amnesty International calls upon Turkey to end violations against civilians in Afrin, Northern Syria

Editing: Amena Riyad |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
Publication date: 2018/08/02 07:04

Turkey - SMART

The Amnesty International calls upon Turkey to put an end to their violations against human rights in the Afrin area in Aleppo, Northern Syria.

On Wednesday night, the Amnesty International published a report accusing Turkey of turning a blind eye to the significant violations in Afrin. The report added that residents of Afrin are subject to different human rights violations, most of which are committed by Syrian militant groups armed and equipped by Turkey.

The report said that the violations included arbitrary arrests, forced disappearing, beating, confiscation of properties, and looting.

Leen Ma'louf, the director of Middle East Research in Amnesty International, commented that the Turkish military intervention and occupation increase people's suffering in Afrin.

The report added that Turkey and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) confiscated schools in Afrin, preventing thousands of children from continuing their education.

The Amnesty International called upon Ankara to put an end to the violations, saying that as an occupying force, Ankara is responsible for sustaining civilians' safety, and uphold discipline in Afrin.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) used to control the Afrin area. Turkey accuses the YPG of being affiliated with the Kurdistan's Workers Party, which according to Turkey fights against Ankara and is a terrorist organization. Turkey launched the Olive Branch Operation in coordination with FSA factions, which let them gain control of the Afrin area following months of clashes.

Activists in the Afrin area have accused the FSA of kidnappings, murder, and thefts since the FSA gained control of the entire area in March 2018.