Arabs, Turkmens face human rights abuses by YPG

According to Syrian Network for Human Rights armed Kurdish group YPG violated human rights of both Arabs, Turkmen by killing detaining or displacing them

Photo by: AA archive photo
Photo by: AA archive photo

Syrians at the Turkish Akcakale border gate say Kurdish YPG militia on the Syrian side of the border has prevented them from returning to their hometown of Tal Abyad on 18 June, 2015.


A report released on Tuesday by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, states that both the Arab and Turkmen communities in northern Syria have faced human rights violations in the areas controlled by the armed Kurdish group, YPG.

Within the past 6 months, YPG assaults have lead to the death of 47 civilians, of whom eight are women and nine are children and the armed group has detained 612 people, including 19 children, according to the 22-page report.

More than 70 villages have been destroyed, crops burned or stolen and fields leveled with bulldozers and that the YPG has been forcibly evacuating people. Humans right group emphasised that the tens of thousands of people being displaced by the YPG are mostly Arabs.

The report added that the YPG has been violently forcing people to evacuate their homes from the "very first day of its establishment" and said the "forced migration policy" has recently become more severe.

The 8,000 Turkmen who reside in Al Hasakah province, have all been exposed to human rights violations, according to the report by the group.

Adding that the YPG is constantly preventing people from returning to their own homes by looting and destroying all evacuated houses.

The report covered detailed interviews with those who were forced from their homes and provided many videos and photographs.

YPG is the armed wing of the Syrian Kurdish political party PYD, which Turkey considers to be the Syrian extension of the terrorist PKK organization.

It controls a large section of the Syrian-Turkish border and has continuously clashed with ISIS to maintain control over the areas it currently controls.  


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