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1st Anniversary of Afrin Invasion & Occupation

Dr. Widad Akreyi issued a statement today regarding the Afrin invasion and occupation by Turkey.

“One year ago… the Turkish army and its radical Islamist proxies slaughtered children and civilians in Afrin, while the international community failed to act… Turkey’s invasion of Afrin was a mistake and in violation of international law. This occupation must end. So must the Turkization and Arabization of Afrin province. The displaced Afrinians must be allowed to return to their homes. Reparations must be paid to the families of victims and to the survivors for the massive destruction and injuries caused by Turkey’s aggression…”

 

 

 

Dr. Widad Statement on First Anniversary of Afrin Occupation by Turkey

On the anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Afrin by the Turkish army and its jihadi factions, we urge world leaders to help put an end to the ongoing campaign of Turkization and Arabization, to pressure Turkey to immediately pull out of Afrin and to vow that justice will be served.

One year ago, on this date and on the 30th anniversary of Saddam’s infamous chemical attacks on Halabja, the Turkish army and its radical Islamist proxies slaughtered children and civilians in Afrin, a province of Rojava, while the international community failed to act. It was tragic that no world leaders wanted to take the lead and say that the indiscriminate bombing of a peaceful province was unacceptable. One year on, we restate our call to save Afrin and its civilians.

Throughout last year, and on into this year, confiscation of properties, forced disappearances, the lack of security, the absence of the rule of law, arbitrary arrests, secret detentions, abductions, torture, mass looting, blackmailing, burning of olive trees, forced expulsions, policies that alter the ethnic and religious demographics of population, harassment, subjugation, intimidation and rape are but some of the challenges the citizens and refugees of Afrin are faced with.

Turkey’s invasion of Afrin was a mistake and in violation of international law. This occupation must end. So must the Turkization and Arabization of Afrin province. The displaced Afrinians must be allowed to return to their homes. Reparations must be paid to the families of victims and to the survivors for the massive destruction and injuries caused by Turkey’s aggression.

We are aware that without bold moves from the outside world, there are no indications that Turkey and its Islamist militants will be withdrawing from Rojava any time soon. The miserable situation in Afrin is a striking example of the need for global leadership to pay close attention to the plight of innocent civilians. Therefore, in addition to the immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops and its militias, we call for the establishment of a safe-zone for the people of Rojava and the deployment of international observers to monitor the areas near Rojava/Syria-Turkey border to prevent more bloodshed.

We encourage world leaders and UN agencies to recalibrate and strengthen their efforts to halt the Turkish aggression and end the tragedy of Afrinians.

 

Dr. Widad

Issued on 15/16 March 2019