President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Nasr Al-Hariri, sent a letter to sisterly Arab states and friendly Western states, and the states participating in the international anti-ISIS coalition regarding the abuses and violations that the PYD terrorist militia are committing against civilians in east of the Euphrates.
Al-Hariri said that PYD militia is committing grave, systematic violations against civilians in the provinces of Deir Ezzor, Raqqa and Hasaka. He stressed that these violations exposed the common behavior between the Assad regime and the PYD militia and their responses to the people’s demands for freedom and dignity.
“The PYD’s tyranny and repression has long exposed the falsehood of its claims about respect for democracy. Its crackdown on Kurdish activists and politicians affiliated with the Kurdish National Council and on Arab journalists and youth who demand human rights have laid bare the true nature of this militia,” Al-Hariri added.
He stressed that the PYD militia responded to popular anger by deploying militants of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces to suppress dissent, raid and search homes, terrorize women and children, detain innocent people, and erect more checkpoints. “These acts confirm that these policies stem from this militia’s reliance on a military solution, as is the case with the Assad regime.”
“The PYD’s arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance, torture and execution of detainees affect peaceful activists and dissidents more than they affect ISIS terrorists. International organizations have so far failed to enter their secret prisons or to ensure the release of prisoners of conscience.”
He went on: “Moreover, the PYD militia has replaced the UNESCO-recognized education curricula with ones that incite racism and threaten the unity of Syria and the values of its people. Many parents therefore chose to leave the country to educate their children, while others who could not leave chose to not send their children to school, which poses a serious risk to future generations in the region.”
He said that the already dire living conditions in the region is further being exacerbated by the deliberate attacks on their property and livelihoods in the areas controlled by the PYD militia. “This policy is clearly aimed at impoverishing people in order to humiliate them and recruit or displace them.”
Al-Hariri called for an end to all military and political support for the PYD militia and entities affiliated with it and restoring heavy weaponry that was handed to the PYD militia which is using it in the commission of gross, systematic violations of human rights.
He also called for exerting pressure on the PYD to force it to release all prisoners of conscience and give independent international human rights organizations access to secret and public prisons.
Furthermore, Al-Hariri called for protecting the property rights of the absentees and residents, and giving reliable guarantees for the safe and voluntary return of people who were displaced from the eastern region.
He also called for the launch of an independent international investigation into the violations by the Syrian Democratic Forces, holding those involved accountable and redressing the victims.
Al-Hariri also called protecting the oil fields and the resources of the Syrian people in the eastern region, and using them to secure humanitarian aid to all Syrians in all regions.
He also called for adopting the SOC’s initiative to allow the local people to manage the region by themselves in a way that guarantees security and peace, and abides by international law.
“It is about time that the international community demonstrate its ability to support us in a model of good governance for the region, one that believes in the promotion and protection of human rights, guarantees an end to the suffering of the people, and pushes for the success of the political process in Syria in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012, UN Security Council Resolutions 2118 and 2254, and UN General Assembly’s resolution 67/ 262, along with other relevant resolutions.” (Source: SOC’s Media Department)