The annual report of the American Committee for International Religious Freedom, released on Tuesday, dealt with violations against Yezidis in the Afrin region and that they were marginalized and persecuted in their areas occupied by Turkey.
And it also called on the American administration to put pressure on Turkey to withdraw from the areas it occupies from Syria, and to stop the ethnic cleansing operations it is practicing.
In this context, the Yezidi Union of Syria issued a statement to the public opinion, in which it stressed the importance of following up violations by international human rights organizations. Rejecting the accusations made by the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman to the committee, he pointed out that his justification contradicts reality and truth and is nothing but an attempt to evade the responsibilities of the Turkish government in the face of violations of its Turkish army.
The text of the statement said: "The Syrian Yezidi institutions, organizations and associations emphasize the importance of what was stated in the annual report of the American Committee for International Religious Freedom, and assures the international community and public opinion that the violations mentioned in the annual report express the painful reality of the Yezidi religious minority in the regions occupied by Turkey in the north of Syria. "
Yezidis were marginalized and persecuted in the regions occupied by Turkey
The statement pointed out that the report mentioned the violations committed against the Yezidis in the Afrin region, and that they were marginalized and persecuted in their areas occupied by Turkey, where we confirm that what was contained in this report, as well as the report of the United Nations International Independent Investigation Committee on the violations of extremist factions against the Yezidis in Serêkaniyê (Ras al-Ain) and Afrin are the results of our efforts to deliver the cry of those affected to the international community.
Kurdish society faces serious humanitarian repercussions after occupying their areas
The Yezidi Union statement added, "We stress the importance of following these violations by international human rights organizations by putting pressure on Turkey to allow these organizations to monitor violations and document them in the field, and we note the necessity of the withdrawal of the Turkish army and allied extremist factions from Afrin, as the Kurdish community has become today, in front of repercussions A dangerous humanitarian threat to his survival as a result of his areas being subjected to Turkish occupation, whether in Afrin, Serêkaniyê / Ras al-Ain or Tel Abyad.
We also reject the accusations made by the spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hami Aqsawi, to the American Committee for International Religious Freedom, and we confirm that his justification contradicts the reality and the truth and is nothing but an attempt to evade the responsibilities of the Turkish government in the face of violations of its Turkish army and its support for extremist militants in the areas it occupies.
The international community must shoulder its responsibilities in the face of the tragedies of civilians in the occupied Syrian territories
In conclusion, we call on the international community to assume its legal and humanitarian responsibilities in the face of the tragedies of civilians in the Syrian territories occupied by Turkey, and we confirm that Ras al-Ain is now empty of Yezidis after its occupation, while 90% Yezidis in Afrin were displaced, in addition to destroying and stealing more than 18 religious shrines with extremist religious motives taking place before the eyes of the Turkish army.