ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey turned down on Friday the human rights infractions claims in northern Syria set out in a report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry and following criticism.
” We categorically turn down the baseless accusations of human rights offenses declared against the Syrian opposition … and concerning our nation in relation to them,” the Turkish foreign ministry stated on Friday.
On Tuesday, U.N. war criminal offenses private investigators said Turkey should rein in Syrian rebels it supports in northern Syria who might have carried out kidnappings, abuse and looting of civilian home following a report covering the very first half of 2020.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet stated the human rights circumstance in parts of northern Syria is grim and called on Turkey to ensure that violations dedicated by armed groups under their control stop.
” I advise Turkey to instantly introduce an impartial, transparent and independent investigation into the incidents we have verified,” Bachelet also stated.
Ankara also declined the criticism and called it groundless.
Ankara backs rebels trying to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad backed by Russia and Iran. Turkey seized control of some northern border towns in current years with cross border attacks to press back Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters, which Ankara views as a terrorist group.
Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Stephanie Nebehay; Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun; Modifying by Chizu Nomiyama
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