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Syria: Military Intervention

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have received about reports of torture, murder, kidnapping, ransoming of civilians, and sexual enslavement of women, by the Turkish forces and allied militias in the Afrin Canton of Syria; and what is their response to any such evidence.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

We have received reports from the UN Commission of Inquiry and credible international NGOs on possible violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. In its September report, the UN Commission of Inquiry for Syria found that there were reasonable grounds to believe that members of armed groups in Afrin continued to commit the war crimes of hostage-taking, cruel treatment, torture and pillage. We continue to raise concerns with Turkey, and to call for credible investigations into alleged violations of international humanitarian law in areas under the control of armed groups supported by Turkey.

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