Ahead of the Turkish military operation in Syria against US-backed Kurdish forces, Amnesty International said on Wednesday, October 9th it is “imperative” that Turkey avoids assaulting civilians and non-military objects, as the Turkish forces have in the past carried out many indiscriminate attacks in Syria that led to the death of thousands of civilians.
The African organisation for culture and human rights, the Arab Organisation for Human Rights in the UK, and the Gulf Association for Rights and Freedom also condemned the Turkish invasion of Syria, describing it as “fuelled by the ever-present Turkish strategic goals in the region.”
The Gulf Association for Rights and Freedom accused Turkey of exploiting the volatile situation in Syria to violate its sovereignty. “This breaches international law and is unacceptable,” they said in a statement.
The three organisations said the Security Council must confront this grave development because it threatens world peace and international security.
“The Security Council must abort any attempt to occupy any part of Syria or execute demographic engineering in northern Syria,” they said, urging the international community to prevent the Turkish military from committing war crimes against the Kurdish people, echoing an earlier message by Amnesty International’s Middle East Research Director Lynn Maalouf.
The Turkish offensive could also aid a resurgence of Isis, thousands of whose soldiers and supporters are currently detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria. If the mainly Kurdish SDF is distracted by a war against Turkey, there is a high risk that Isis elements could escape.
Another war in Syria could also cause an influx of refugees to Europe, a threat Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not afraid to use.
The Arab League will hold an emergency session on the invasion on Saturday.