29/11/2022

Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention issues “Red Flag Alert” for Turkish attacks on North and East Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Amid the Turkish attacks on North and East Syria and northern Iraq, the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention (LIPG) issued a “Red Flag Notice” over the aggression.

In a statement, LIPG said that it issued the alert over Turkey’s ongoing ethnic cleansing rhetoric against the Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans), Yezidis, Kurds, and Armenians.

LIPG added that Turkey’s recent attacks on northern Iraq and Syria targeted a wide range of villages and towns, including Kobane, Tel Rifaat, and Shigur (Shengal / Sinjar), where many refugees and persecuted groups remain displaced.

Since the defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2019, Turkey has repeatedly targeted areas of North and East Syria and Iraq, killing civilians and spreading terror and panic among local communities, explained LIPG. These attacks, launched by the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, are part of a broader scheme to further displace the rightful inhabitants of areas Turkey wants to occupy through bombing, kidnapping, torture and, extrajudicial killing so that it can resettle groups it can politically control.

LIPG added that Turkey also supports the genocidal practices of Azerbaijan against the Armenians in both Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh and participates with Baku in falsifying history of the Armenians of the region.

It called on the international community to punish Turkey for its genocidal ideology and practice and take concrete measures to protect the Syriacs (Arameans–Assyrians–Chaldeans), Kurds, Yezidis, and Armenians and their identity.

The institute urged the international community to avoid the repetition of dark chapters of history and for the world to stand against the perpetrators and supports of genocide. Continued blind support for Turkey and Azerbaijan could amount to complicity with them in the genocide, LIPG concluded.