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Syrian Democratic Council Welcomes UN Report on Human Rights Violations

Syrian Democratic Council Welcomes UN Report on Human Rights Violations

Saturday, 19 September, 2020 - 05:15
Syria Democratic Forces fighters carry their weapons in a village on the outskirts of al-Shadadi town, Hasaka countryside, Syria in February, 2016. (Reuters)

The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the political wing of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), called on the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry to visit northeastern Syria and verify its accusations against SDF. It also welcomed the committee's report on Turkish violations.

In its statement, SDC called for forcing Turkey and its armed groups to fully withdraw from Syrian territory.

It also confirmed that Turkey and its affiliated armed groups “practice displacement, killing, and terrorist crimes.”

The SDC called on the international community to form an international court for war criminals to hold Turkey, its officials and ISIS factions accountable.

It further called for placing the occupied northern Syrian regions under the auspices of UN peacekeepers.

The UN report stated that “during the period under review, civilians residing in the Afrin and Ras al-Ayn regions of Aleppo and Hasakah Governorates witnessed an onslaught of violations, as well as shelling and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices.”

It also highlighted crimes by Turkish armed opposition factions that include the kidnapping of hostages, cruel treatment, torture, and rape.

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