“Turkey must be brought to justice"

Call for the establishment of an international committee to investigate the Turkish state’s war crimes and trial of perpetrators at international courts.

The Human Rights Organisation of the Cizire Region made a press statement in front of the United Nations Representation in Qamishlo city of northern Syria to mark 10 December Human Rights Day.

The statement read by the co-chair of the organization, Evin Cuma, called attention to the developments taking place in North and East Syria. Remarking that what has been happening in the region has caused a major deterioration of human rights, Cuma emphasized that the war crimes committed by the Turkish state and allied mercenaries constituted a slaughter.

Stressing that the Turkish state forces and allied mercenaries committed murder, looting, forced displacement of hundreds of thousands, demographic change and seizure of cultural and historical artifacts in Serêkaniyê and Gire Spi, Cuma noted that mercenaries brought in from East Ghouta, Aleppo and Idlib were settled in the place of the displaced local population.

Pointing to the challenging circumstances faced by the displaced people from Serêkaniyê and Gire Spi, Cuma said that the IDPs couldn’t be provided with basic needs due to limited opportunities and were settled in various camps across the region.

Cuma remarked that more than 1,321 people were massacred or wounded in the attacks of the Turkish state, adding that indiscriminate attacks against civilian settlements continued. She recalled the Til Rifat massacre of December 2nd when 10 civilians, including 8 children, were killed and 12 other people including children were wounded.