Standing up For The People of Rojava
Dr. Widad Akreyi issued a statement regarding Turkey’s invasion and occupation of Rojava.
“This aggression must end. So must Turkey’s plans to ethnically and religiously cleanse Rojava… The international community would benefit from creating a No-Fly-Zone, a No-strike-zone, a form of a No-aggression zone for Rojava. Such a zone existed prior to Turkey’s invasion and occupation. The U.S. forces and the Kurdish forces established the zone, and it is time to give them a chance to refine it and strengthen it through the deployment of international observers. UN peacekeeping forces can be stationed in the border area to prevent more bloodshed…”
Dr. Widad Statement on Turkey’s Invasion of Rojava
Alarmed by Turkey’s invasion of Rojava (Northeastern Syria), we urge world leaders, the UN agencies, representatives of the European Union, and the Secretary General of NATO, to intervene and stop the Turkish army and its jihadi factions in order to avert a serious humanitarian catastrophe.
On 09 October 2019, the Turkish army and its radical Islamist proxies began their onslaught on the people of Rojava, i.e., the Kurds, Christians, Yazidis and other minorities. While the international community seems to have abandoned the Kurds, we issue this call to urge them to save Rojava and its civilians.
Turkey’s invasion of Rojava is illegitimate and in violation of international law. President Erdogan has waged his bloody, genocidal campaign with total disregard to human life. We are calling it a genocide because the massive disproportionality is striking. It makes it impossible to call it a war, a military operation, or a battle zone. This invasion and occupation must end. So must Turkey’s plans to ethnically and religiously cleanse Rojava. The forcibly displaced must be allowed to return to their homes.
As was the case with Afrin province (which Turkey invaded in 2018 and it still occupies), we know that without bold moves from the outside world, Turkey and its Islamist militias will not be withdrawing from Rojava any time soon. The miserable humanitarian situation in Rojava is indicative of the need for a vigorous leadership to resist the Turkish aggression. Therefore, we call for the following:
- The immediate withdrawal of Turkish troops and its militias from Rojava. World leaders can use diplomacy inside the United Nations Security Council to force Turkey and its jihadist to pull back from Rojava. Turkey must be given an ultimatum to retreat to its side of the border, and to end its invasion and occupation of Rojava, including that Afrin province. Reparations must be paid to the families of victims and to the survivors for the massive destruction and injuries caused by Turkey and its militias.
- The international community would benefit from creating a No-Fly-Zone, a No-strike-zone, a form of a No-aggression zone for Rojava. Such a zone existed prior to Turkey’s invasion and occupation. The U.S. forces and the Kurdish forces established the zone, and it is time to give them a chance to refine it and strengthen it through the deployment of international observers. UN peacekeeping forces can be stationed in the border area to prevent more bloodshed.
- Another course of action to consider has to do with Turkey’s membership in NATO and the Coalition to Defeat ISIS. Given Turkey’s invasions, its record of war crimes and its close relation to Russia, its membership in NATO makes no sense any longer. It has one foot in NATO and one foot out most of the time. Perhaps the time is now to get Turkey out of NATO.
The same is the case with its membership in the Coalition to Defeat ISIS. A country cannot supply, finance, train and weaponise an extremist, terrorist group like ISIS and at the same time stay a partner in the coalition to defeat that very same group. It is an insult to the Coalition and to the victims of ISIS.
- We have voiced other suggestions with regards to the Syrian refugees currently hosted by Turkey.
We will do everything we can to bring the voices of the innocent people of Rojava to the international community. To avoid the re-emergence of ISIS, it is important that the world pressure Turkey and its jihadists to immediately pull out of Rojava. It is important that justice is served.
Issued on 09/10 October 2019