War Resisters' Stories: February 2018
Statement on Turkey's military intervention in Northern Syria
The Turkish military has been running an operation called 'Olive Branch' in Syria since 20th January 2018. Reports from the region show the human cost of the ongoing operation, including hundreds of dead as well as injured; and show how it has fuelled conflict in the region.
Meanwhile, reports from inside Turkey cover stories of increasing oppression of the dissident voices opposed to war. These include hundreds of people detained or arrested due to their social media posts criticising the government and its military intervention, as well as the arrests and detainment of the prominent figures, such as the Turkish Medical Association council members who opposed the military operation declaring “war is a matter of public health” .
War Resisters' International stands in solidarity with activists in Turkey supporting peace and opposing war in Syria, Turkey and elsewhere. Click here to read a statement by the Human Rights Association and Human Rights Foundation of Turkey , which WRI's Turkey Working Group endorses, on the ongoing military operation in Northern Syria.