Syrian Opposition Coalition
Department of Media and Communication
June 01, 2021
The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) reaffirms its support for the popular uprising against the PYD militia in the Manbij region, stressing the legitimacy of the demands of the Syrian people in Manbij and the rest of the areas under the control of this terrorist militia. It also reiterates its rejection of the PYD militia’s violations, especially the crackdown on peaceful demonstrations, forced recruitment, and raids and arrest of young men who refuse to be recruited into the ranks of this militia.
International law and human rights principles stress the illegitimacy of the actions imposed by gangs and militias that impose their control over any region as a fait accompli. International law confirms that such measures, especially the forced recruitment into the ranks of militias and gangs, are war crimes.
The SOC calls on the international parties that support the PYD militias to lift the cover and end all types of support for them. We also call for taking immediate action to stop their violations and criminal practices against our people in Manbij and east of the Euphrates region, put an end to the forced recruitment, dismantle these terrorist organizations and militias; and put an end to their presence on our land.