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Turkey Rejects UN Report over Violation Claims in Syria

Turkey Rejects UN Report over Violation Claims in Syria

Saturday, 19 September, 2020 - 08:00
FILE PHOTO: An American soldier walks near a Turkish military vehicle during a joint U.S.-Turkey patrol, near Tel Abyad, Syria September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo

Turkey rejected on Friday the human rights violations claims in northern Syria laid out in a report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry and following criticism.

"We categorically reject the baseless allegations of human rights violations claimed against the Syrian opposition... and concerning our country in relation to them," the Turkish foreign ministry said on Friday.

On Tuesday, UN war crimes investigators said Turkey must rein in militants it supports in northern Syria who may have carried out kidnappings, torture and looting of civilian property following a report covering the first half of 2020.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the human rights situation in parts of northern Syria is grim and called on Turkey to ensure that violations committed by armed groups under their control cease, Reuters reported.

"I urge Turkey to immediately launch an impartial, transparent and independent investigation into the incidents we have verified," Bachelet also said.

Ankara also rejected the criticism and called it groundless.

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