FINAL DECLERATION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
THE TURKISH INVASION OF AFRIN &KURDISH ACADEMICS DISCUSS THEIR VISION FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Brussels, European Parliament
28 June 2018
The International Conference was hosted and organized by the Greens-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA), The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), European United Left–Nordic Green Left (GUE-NGL) political groups in the European Parliament
In co-operation with
Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)
THE FINAL RESOLUTION
The EU Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) together with the Kurdish Institutes of Brussels, Koln and Stockholm and the Network of Kurdish Academics (KURD-AKAD) held on 28 June 2018, an International Conference:
The Turkish Invasion of Afrin: Kurdish Academics Discuss Their Vision for A Democratic Solution to The Crisis in The Middle East.
The International Conference was hosted and organized by the Greens-European Free Alliance (Greens-EFA) in cooperation with other political groups in the European Parliament, The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), European United Left–Nordic Green Left (GUE-NGL).
THE CONFERENCE RECOMMENDATIONS AND DEMANDS
We consider the occupation of Afrin to be illegal and contrary to the principles and aims of the United
Nations and to international law. Thus, we condemn all the practices of the Turkish occupation forces and call for:
1. The immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the Turkish forces and their affiliated groups from
Afrin and all the Syrian territories they occupy.
2. Investigations into and exposure of all the violations committed by the Turkish army and the affiliated groups against civilians in Afrin, which has resulted in mass displacement and a humanitarian crisis.
3. The unconditional release of all the abducted men, women, and children, and the provision of
adequate compensations for the victims.
4. An independent and impartial investigation into the fate of the disappeared; whether they are still alive or have been killed for political or other reasons.
5. The formation of an independent, impartial, and transparent judicial commission with the participation of representatives from the Syrian Federation for Human Rights, as well as humanitarian and womens’organizations in Syria. It shall consider all violations committed in Afrin since the beginning of the Turkish aggression on 20 January 2018, and refer perpetrators to local, regional and international courts in order to hold them accountable.
6. Cooperation with Syrian human rights and civic organizations in their investigations and
documentation of the various crimes committed by the Turkish occupying forces and their affiliate
groups since the beginning of the Turkish invasion on 20 January 2018, in order to prosecute the
perpetrators in International courts.
7. The safe return of the displaced people of Afrin and the reinstitution of the means to run their own affairs.
8. The relevant international bodies and institutions to provide all necessary economic and humanitarian assistance to the people in Afrin and the returning displaced people.
9. Legal and academic documentation and analysis of the racist practices of the occupying Turkish forces, including forced migration, and the deliberate alteration of the demographic throughout the region.
The European Parliament 28 June, 2018