The US State Department documents dozens of violations by Turkey against Syrians and Kurds

Selava Omar –

The US State Department documented, through a report, its violations and atrocities committed by Turkey against the Syrians and the Kurds, while observers in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in the European Union expressed their concern about the restrictions imposed on media reports in Turkey.

The US State Department released its annual report on human rights in Turkey, It indicated that the ‘Turkish Gendarma” forces had fired on asylum seekers of Syrian and other nationalities trying to cross the border, which resulted in the death and injury of many civilians.

There were reliable reports that Turkish military operations outside its borders led to the killing of civilians, on June 27, when four Iraqi civilians were killed in Turkish air strikes in northern Iraq.

In October, the Turkish armed forces launched an operation called the “Spring of Peace”, which led to the displacement of residents of cities and border villages with Turkey.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, local and regional human rights activists and media organizations have reported that attacks by Turkish forces and their mercenaries have caused civilian casualties, including attacks on civilian infrastructure and residential areas, and have targeted civilians where groups from Turkey have killed Civilians, including Kurdish politics, Hevrin Khalaf.

Displaced refugees and Syrians residing in Turkey also faced restrictions on their freedom of movement.

There were also reports of widespread arrests of individuals of different nationalities, including Afghans, Syrians, and Iraqis, inside Turkey.

Several NGOs concerned with the rights of women and migrants have reported that refugee children, most of whom are Syrians, remain vulnerable to economic and sexual abuse.

Other national, religious, or ethnic minorities, including Assyrians, Jaafari, Yazidis, Kurds, Arabs and Circassians, were not allowed to fully exercise their linguistic, religious and cultural rights.

In “Wan” State, 3 Kurdish minors between the ages of 14 and 17 were tortured while in police custody in February.

On September 15, the media reported that the prosecutor in the case asked a governor and that authorization to investigate 66 police officers involved in the complaint, and the state rejected the request, saying that officers “used appropriate force” against the victims.

Some of the military recruits suffered from physical abuse, physical abuse, and torture that sometimes led to death or suicide.

The Association of Dead and Suspected Military Victims reported that there were 202 suspicious deaths between 2012 and 2015.

The government arrested the ten elected village chiefs from their post in the southeast in May.

A parliamentary law also prohibits the use of the word “Kurdistan” or other sensitive terms by members of Parliament on the floor of Parliament, and provides for the possibility of issuing fines to violators.

Almost all newspapers, TV channels and radio stations in the Kurdish language remained closed for reasons of national security, according to government decrees.

Associated or formerly affiliated journalists with pro-Kurdish media faced significant government pressure, including imprisonment.

Demonstrations in support of the Kurds of all kinds faced violent reactions from the police throughout the year.

For example, in January, the police prevented HDP legislators from holding a press conference to support the hunger strike by parliamentarian “Layla Coffin” in front of the headquarters of Diyarbakir governorate, and police practiced violence against the February demonstration in Van on the same topic.

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