ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey declined on Friday the human rights violations claims in northern Syria set out in a report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry and following criticism.
” We categorically decline the unwarranted claims of human rights offenses declared versus the Syrian opposition … and worrying our country in relation to them,” the Turkish foreign ministry said on Friday.
On Tuesday, U.N. war criminal activities investigators said Turkey should rein in Syrian rebels it supports in northern Syria who may have brought out kidnappings, torture and robbery of civilian home following a report covering the very first half of 2020.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the human rights scenario in parts of northern Syria is grim and called on Turkey to ensure that violations dedicated by armed groups under their control stop.
” I urge Turkey to immediately introduce an impartial, transparent and independent examination into the events we have verified,” Bachelet also said.
Ankara likewise rejected the criticism and called it groundless.
Ankara backs rebels attempting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad backed by Russia and Iran. Turkey seized control of some northern border towns in the last few years with cross border attacks to push back Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters, which Ankara deem a terrorist group.
Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Stephanie Nebehay; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Modifying by Chizu Nomiyama
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