US commission calls on Washington to pressure Turkey to leave Syria

Nadine Maenza,Vice Chair ot the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) testifies at a human rights hearing, June 27, 2019. (Photo: USCIRF)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The official US commission charged with monitoring international religious freedoms has called on the US government to pressure Turkey to leave Syria due to its human rights violations against religious minorities in multiple areas such as the Kurdish-majority region of Afrin.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), in its annual report on Tuesday, called on Washington to “exert significant pressure on Turkey to provide a timeline for its withdrawal from Syria.”

The report also said that the US should ensure “that neither its military nor FSA allies expand their area of control in northeast Syria, carry out religious and ethnic cleansing of that area, or otherwise abuse the rights of vulnerable religious and ethnic minorities there.”

Last week, the USCIRF previously condemned the resettlement of families of Turkish-backed fighters into northeastern Syria, leading to the ethnic “cleansing of Yezidis (Ezidis) and others,” and called on both Turkish and Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters to withdraw.

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