Save Afrin: The World Has To Act Now

Defend International (DI) has launched a worldwide campaign entitled “Save Afrin: The World Has To Act Now” to raise awareness about the impacts of Turkey’s invasion of Afrin on civilians and to call on the International community to intervene.

“Turkey’s invasion into Rojava threatens any possible path to peace and may turn into another humanitarian disaster in the Middle East. In a worst-case scenario it may put the Kurds, Christians, Yazidis and other minorities at risk of new systematic persecution or acts of ethnic and religious cleansing,” said Dr. Widad Akreyi, co-founder of Defend International.

The campaign will be modified regularly to reflect any changes on the ground.

 

Save Afrin: The World Has To Act Now

MEDIA RELEASE

22 January 2018

(Oslo) – Defend International (DI) is hereby announcing the launch of the worldwide campaign “Save Afrin: The World Has To Act Now” to raise awareness about the impacts of Turkey’s invasion of Afrin on civilians and to call on the International community to intervene. DI urges other NGOs to echo similar calls and we welcome sponsorships.

The campaign will pursue several, interrelated objectives, including:

  1. Coordinating activities related to raising awareness about the tragic consequences of Turkey’s invasion of Afrin on the civilians and their living conditions;
  2. Coordinating (lobbying and other) activities related to intensifying the efforts aimed at ending the invasion as soon as possible;
  3. Providing a platform for discussion and the exchange of information on matters and activities relevant to securing the fundamental rights of the refugees and residents of Afrin and Rojava;
  4. Keeping up efforts to maintain momentum and improve focus;
  5. Building a bridge between potential partners and communities whose work is relevant to the campaign, including individuals, groups (e.g., artists, songwriters, singers, intellectuals, youth), communities, and organisations active in the areas of peace-building, inter alia, as well as actors involved in ending armed conflicts and violence against women and girls in times of war; and
  6. If needed, assisting the UN and other partners to prepare for regional or local meetings focusing on selected aims of this campaign.

“Turkey’s decision to invade Afrin adds another layer of complicity into the multidimensional armed conflict in Syria,” said Dr. Widad Akreyi, co-founder of Defend International. “It threatens any possible path to peace and may turn into another humanitarian disaster in the Middle East. In a worst-case scenario it may put the Kurds, Christians, Yazidis and other minorities at risk of new systematic persecution or acts of ethnic and religious cleansing.”

The campaign will be inclusive, informal, and pragmatic. Participation is open to organisations and associations that are willing to endorse the objectives mentioned above.

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