The organizations appealed to intervene to stop the arbitrary trials against more than 90 Syrian kidnapped in the prisons of the Turkish occupation, and that through a joint statement sent to both the "Secretary-General of the United Nations; Mr. Antonio Guterres and the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Mrs. Michel Bachelet, as the text of their statement included the following:
"The Syrian organizations that signed this appeal express their great fear over the fate of more than 90 Syrian detainees who were transferred to the Turkish courts in the last months of 2019 after having spent different periods of detention on Syrian lands inside unofficial detention centers supervised by factions of the Syrian National Army of the Syrian coalition.
According to the information gathered and verified, the arrests took place specifically at the end of October and November of 2019, and were concentrated in the countryside of Tel Abyad / Girê Spî and Ras al-Ain / Serêkaniyê in the period immediately followed "the Spring of Peace" operation that began on October 9, 2019, which resulted in the occupation of the region by the Turkish forces, knowing that it affected Syrian citizens of different ethnic components, including “Arabs and Kurds”, and it was verified that a number of them were subjected to abuse and extracting confessions under pressure and coercion in Syria before being transferred to the Turkish territory.
In addition, confirmed information was obtained that the detainees were transferred to Hilvan closed prison in Urfa province in Turkey, transferred to Agir Ceza court, in addition to bringing the following charges against them:
Breaching the unity of the Turkish state.
An attempt to divide the country (Turkey).
Affiliation to an armed terrorist organization (the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the People Protection Units (YPG), etc)
The dates of their appearance before the court were postponed to an indefinite notice due to the outbreak of the Corona pandemic in Turkey, knowing that they were supposed to appear in court at the beginning of April 2020.
The transfer of Syrian citizens to the Turkish territory to appear before its courts without committing any crime on its lands or against its citizens or harming their property, and applying the laws of the Turkish state against them is considered a violation of international laws and norms. On the assumption that they have committed violations or crimes, then the Syrian courts have jurisdiction, not Turkish. Whereas the Turkish state is considered an occupying state, it must act in accordance with the obligations set forth in the four Geneva Conventions and its protocols of 1949, which prohibited the occupying state from the mass or individual forcible transfer of protected persons or exiling them from the occupied land to the territory of the occupation state or to the territories of any other country, occupied or not, whatever its motives (Article 49 of the Fourth Convention).
Accordingly, the organizations that signed this appeal demand the following:
Putting pressure on the Turkish government to stop arbitrary trials of detainees who were transferred from Syria.
Allowing neutral and independent international committees and organizations to access detainees and find out the facts of the incident.
Allowing the families and relatives of the detainees to communicate with the detainees.
Releasing the detainees and returning them to the Syrian state's territory.
The organizations signed are the following:
The Kurdish Committee for Human Rights _ Observer
The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression
The Kurdish Legal Body
Avrin Kurdish Women Association
Judy Association for Development and Relief
Khunav Society for Development and Relief
Shawshka Women Association
Girkê Legê Charity Association
Dan Association for Development and Relief
Democratic Women Network
Peace Leaders Network
Human Rights Defense Initiative
Peace, Freedom for Civil Society and Human Rights Center
Center for Peace and Civil Society
Center for Equal Citizenship
Documentating Violations Center in North Syria
Sher Center for Community Development
Center for Human Rights Justice
Lekulin Center for Legal Studies and Research
Omid Center for Development and Civil Society Revival
Syrians Organization for Truth and Justice
Al-Hasakah Organization for Relief and Development
High Future Organization of Development
Amal Al-Baghouz Organization for Development
Basmet Amal Organization
Bell - Civil Waves Organization
Adopting International Revolution Organization
Tulip Organization for Women and Children Support
Human Rights Organization in al-Jazeera
Human Rights Organization in Syria - Mav
Human Rights Organization, Afrin, Syria
Sara Organization of Combating Violence against Women
Ster Organization for Development
Sanabel al-Furat Humanitarian Organization
Ataa Organization for Development
Birati Foundation for Human Rights
Ezdina Foundation for Media and Human Rights
At the end of their statement, the organizations confirmed that they had documented 70 names of them with full information.