The Bar asks the UN to hold the Turkish occupation accountable for its crimes – ANHA | HAWARNEWS
On Thursday, the Jazira Region Bar Association issued a statement to the public condemning the attacks of the Turkish occupation on northern and eastern Syria, in front of the building of the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, located in the city of Qamishlo.
In the statement, which was delivered by Ghassan Khalaf, a member of the Jazira Region Bar Association, dozens of male and female lawyers from the region, displaying union flags, and pictures of martyr Farhad Shibli , who was martyred in the Turkish occupation UAV attack in the Kalar region of the city of Sulaymaniyah in southern Kurdistan, participated in the statement.
A myriad of crimes and violations have been committed in the areas occupied by the Turkish occupation and the Syrian armed factions so far, amid silence from international society, despite atrocities, horrific crimes and war crimes which violate international norms by using internationally banned weapons (white phosphorus), barbaric bombings on civilians’ homes and properties, infrastructure, seizure of civilians’ properties and most horrific is the demographic change in the occupied areas and the replacement of native residents by settlers, the last of which is the establishment of a security zone, which has been promoted by the Turkish state under false pretenses of the absence of security and peace.
The statement noted the Turkish occupying state’s violations and crimes that contradict human rights in northeastern Syria, and continued: “The Turkish state has committed all crimes punishable under (crime of aggression, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crime of ethnic cleansing) which are punishable by the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court of 1998 and committed by the Turkish government and its armed factions on a continues, and this country is still far from international responsibility, and the criminals are still in a constant state of committing all international crimes, the atrocity of which has not yet touched the doors of international jurisdictions, in particular the two International Criminal Courts in The Hague and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
The statement stressed that “it is time for the international community to respect the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples to free themselves from control by all available means, including armed struggle. This legitimacy is supported by public international law, and we distinguish the Charter of the United Nations, the two International Covenants relating to rights of 1966, the four Geneva Conventions and their protocols of 1977, as well as resolution n° /2246/ of the General Assembly of the United Nations of November 9, 1974, because a violation of this commitment puts all the organs and organizations of the United Nations in the dock.
The Jazira Region Lawyers’ Union also explained that “the Turkish state is not satisfied with the threat, but rather implements it, does not consider terrorism, but rather practices it”, 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 AD, which prohibits all measures of threat and terrorism, while the Turkish state commits between them aggressions, occupations and other international crimes, all of which are punishable by the Rome Statute from 1998.
Concluding its statement, the Lawyers Union condemned “the crimes committed by the Turkish state before the eyes and ears of the international community”, calling on “all human rights organizations in the world , led by the United Nations and international forces active in the Syrian geography to seek to spare no effort to end the Turkish occupation, and to hold accountable and punish those responsible for these crimes before the competent international tribunals, and the return of displaced persons to their homes.