On the 9th of October 2019 the Turkish state launched a war and subsequent occupation on the territory of northern Syria. This ongoing military offensive and occupation, focusing on the areas of Serekaniye (Ras al-Ayn) and Gire Spi (Tal Abiad), has maintained a multitude of human rights violations in the region. Turkey’s attacks on northern Syria have been justified with the excuse of establishing a “safe zone”. This area has now been occupied by Turkey and its allied mercenary forces for almost two years. While these recent attacks have destroyed a place where democracy, women’s rights and religious freedom had been established, they are not the sole reason that hundreds of thousands of people have become refugees. This report puts these attacks in a political and historical context, showing that they are situated within regular and systemic genocidal attacks on the peoples of this region by Turkey. This report also aims to make known the strategic targeting and killing of women, the attempt to achieve demographic change through orchestrated and genocidal violence, and present the current situation in the occupied territories.
As a result of the attacks of the fascist Turkish state, thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have been forced to become refugees in the areas of Serekaniye and Gire Spi. In this way, the Turkish state wants to continue to further occupy the territory of the Autonomous Administration step by step. This ongoing genocidal violence and targeted attacks violate every internationally recognized human right. As a result, the freedom and security of the people of the region is being lost.The way should be opened immediately for human rights organizations in the occupied regions to observe the situation on the ground one-to-one. The wish of the people of Serekaniye and Gire Spi is to return to and live on their own land. There should be international consequences and sanctions for Turkey and an international court should be called to judge the war crimes and human rights violations that have taken place, and continue to take place in North and East Syria. The international community can and should impose economic sanctions on Turkey. All arms sales and the transfer of knowledge and support for the production of weapons to Turkey has to be stopped. The Autonomous Administration is a system in which different ethnic groups can live together peacefully and pursues the goal of a democratic society that protects women’s rights. In order for democracy and security to return to the region, Turkey and its affiliated Mercenary forces should be forced to withdraw from the region. It is necessary to end the occupation and to stop any further tries of Turkey to occupy North and East Syria, in order for the peoples to achieve a free and peaceful live.