Civil humanitarian and human rights organizations condemned in a joint statement the international silence towards the crimes of Turkey and its mercenaries in the occupied territories in general and Afrin in particular, and denounced the crimes against women.
The organizations signatories to the statement are: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Kurdish Legal Commission, the Human Rights Organization in Al-Jazeera, the Antina Kurdi Organization in Belgium, the Human Rights Organization in Afrin - Syria, the Kurdish Civil Society Organization in Europe, the Research Center and the Protection of Women's Rights in Syria: The Human Rights Defense Initiative - Syria, the Kurdish Hevi Association in Belgium, the Violations Documentation Center in Northern Syria.
The text of the statement reads:
"An urgent call for help from the humanitarian, human rights and civil organizations regarding the abducted and forcibly kidnapped women in the prisons of the Turkish occupation and the Syrian armed factions affiliated with it in the Syrian region of Afrin.
The violations and crimes committed against women in Afrin region are increasing day by day, as the latest statistics of the number of forcibly kidnapped women in the Turkish occupation prisons and the Syrian armed factions affiliated to it have reached more than / 1000 / kidnapped, and some of them have been released in exchange for ransom and certain financial provisions by the armed factions and material fines by the Turkish occupation courts. The fate of more than / 400 / kidnapped people remains unknown until now, especially those women who recently appeared in the prisons of Hamzat and who were found after clashes between the aforementioned faction and armed elements from Ghouta. They were handed over to the Military Police faction, which in turn returned them to the Hamzat faction. Although the families of the kidnapped women met with the Turkish governor and sought to release them, but nothing was achieved on the ground, some of them were visited by their families in Maaratah Prison in Afrin, and they conveyed the suffering they are experiencing and asked for their release by any means for the ill-treatment they are subjected to in prison, and what makes the matter worse is that the families of the kidnapped women reach a stage where they are forbidden to question their kidnapped, warning of a bad and unknown fate for those arbitrarily kidnapped and detained women.
We, as humanitarian, human rights and civil organizations, appeal to all operating international human rights and civil organizations in the field of human rights in general and women in particular to break the silence, move immediately and forcefully in accordance with the dictates of laws, charters, international and humanitarian covenants, and pressure the Turkish state to reveal the fate of the forcibly kidnapped and detained women wherever they are, whether in their prisons or prisons of the armed factions affiliated to it, conducting fair trials, holding perpetrators accountable for the war crimes and crimes against humanity, in addition to protecting the civilians remaining in Afrin, withdrawing all Turkish forces and their armed factions, securing the safe return of all forcibly displaced people to their area, and securing what is necessary for their safety and stability.