NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — Forty-one Syrian and international human rights, community, and women’s organizations sent a joint letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres calling on the international community to put an end to the Turkish encroachments in North and East Syria and place the areas in question under international protection as they are being subjected to ethnic and religious cleansing.
The signatory organizations demanded international institutions assume their responsibilities and take all necessary measures to deter Turkey.
They also called on Turkey to release the disappeared and abductees in their custody and treat prisoners in accordance with international humanitarian law and ensure the safe return of all displaced people.
The resettlement of Syrian families inside the Turkish-occupied Syrian territory was rejected, with the signatories calling on Turkey to allow humanitarian and relief organizations to operate independently and provide much needed relief to these areas.
In related news, the Council of Martyrs’ Families in Zalin (Qamishli) issued a public statement calling on the international community to stand in the face of the continuous Turkish threats against North and East Syria and northern Iraq, where heavy and internationally prohibited weapons are being used in the Turkish attacks amid international silence.
The statement pointed out that the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) is building a democratic society based on equal citizenship and coexistence. According to the statement, the democratic project in North and East Syria poses a threat to the Turkish government and its nationalistic and undemocratic policies.
The statement appealed to the international community to take a clear position against the Turkish violations and preserve the DAA project that resulted from the sacrifices of thousands of martyrs.