BETH NAHRIN — In a public statement, the Bethnahrin National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) asserted that Turkey’s ruling authorities, led by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the National Movement Party (MHP), embraced extremist groups during the parliamentary and presidential elections held between 14-28 May and have doubled-down on their policies of ethnic cleansing since then.
On 5 October, warplanes and drones unleashed fierce attacks on the institutions of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, targeting economic, health, educational, energy, and other vital civilian infrastructure. The MUB stated that the Turkish campaign to intentionally cripple civilian infrastructure is a crime against humanity.
The MUB drew parallels with the current campaign to make life in North and East Syria unlivable with the 1915 Sayfo Genocide. It also highlighted that Azerbaijan, backed by Turkey, launched an attack on the Nagorno-Karabakh that has displaced the region’s entire population of some 120,000 Armenians, another example of the continuation of the policies of forced displacement and ethnic cleansing beng pursued against the region’s minority populations.
Highlighting Ankara’s oppressive actions, the MUB noted the arrest of democratic opposition figures, journalists, politicians, and representatives of secular institutions, underscoring Turkey’s intolerance for minority ethnic, religious, or political communities.
The MUB called upon the international community, the United Nations, global powers, and world public opinion to intervene and halt the barbaric and inhumane warfare led by the Justice and Development Party government and the National Movement Party in North and East Syria.
The statement closed, “For our national freedom and the future of our Syriac, Chaldean, Assyrian, Aramaic people, we call on all our people to unite, resist attacks and genocides, and support the struggle of our people under the leadership of the Bethnahrin National Council.”