Most dangerous Turkish game" ..title of sposium aimed at showing truth of Turkish crimes

 The Directorate of Antiquities in the Autonomous Administration of Afrin organized a seminar entitled "The destruction and theft of human cultural heritage in Afrin... the most dangerous Turkish game", with the aim of conveying the true picture of the crimes of the Turkish occupation against the culture and history of occupied Afrin.

The sposium was held today in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo, at the "Talla of Aleppo" café, located in the eastern part of Sheikh Maqsoud.

 The co-chairs of the Democratic Union Party, Aisha Hasso and Anwar Muslim attended the sposium, in addition to a number of intellectuals, representatives of political parties and civil institutions in Sheikh Al-Maqsood.

 During the symposium, the co-chair of the Director of Antiquities in Afrin, Salah Sino, spoke about the crimes committed by Turkey in Afrin since its occupation.

He pointed out the sectors most affected in the long run was the cultural and human heritage, tangible and intangible, and archaeological sites in particular.

 He explained that the Turkish occupation destroyed the human heritage in Çiyayê Kurmenc and stressed that many of the archaeological sites that were destroyed exceed the geographical boundaries of the region in importance, as they are global sites with a distinguished position in human history, such as the "Cave of Dodaria, Ain Dara, and Syros, and the sites registered on the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

 Seno continued, "It has been clear since the first days of Turkey's attacks and then its occupation of the region that its consequences will not stop at the traditional practices of the concept of occupation throughout history."

 For his part, the spokesperson for the Human Rights Organization Afrin-Syria, Ibrahim Sheikho, spoke during the symposium and said: "The laws on the protection of cultural property imposed articles and provisions that would protect these properties and punish countries, organizations or people who caused the destruction of part of the human cultural heritage."

Sheikho touched on the most important international conventions and their protocols, which stemmed from the spirit of the 1954 Hague Convention, noting that this convention includes the protection, protection and respect of cultural property.

 Sheikho stressed that the first protocol annexed to the Geneva Conventions of 1977 stipulates in Article 53 that it prohibits the commission of any of the hostilities directed against historical monuments, works of art or places of worship that constitute the cultural or spiritual heritage of peoples.

 Sheikho said that Article 56 considered launching attacks for the purpose of destroying historical monuments, a grave violation of the provisions of the Protocol, and the second protocol of the same Convention in Article 16 stipulates the protection of cultural property in the event of disputes of a non-international character.

 At the end of the symposium, the discussion was opened for the attendees to express their views on the steps to be followed to curb the crimes of Turkey and its mercenaries in the demographic change and targeting the history of the region, including the effects that confirm the presence and Kurdish roots in the region.



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