Saturday 2nd May,2020
The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue condemns the killing of Syrian young man by Turkish police and calls the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to take action to protect Syrians’ lives in Turkey
In its statement on Friday 1st May 2020, The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue condemns the killing of Syrian refugee young man by Turkish police. The Syrian refugee is called Ali Al Assani and is 19-year-old. He was killed in Adana city in south Turkey.
This issue has been tackled and addressed through social media channels with the Hash Tag “Where are Ali’s killers”? (#AliyiOElduerenlerNerede in Turkish). A number of human rights activists have doubted the official narration of the incident by the regime as it said that the killed Syrian refugee violated curfew. On the other hand, the activists call for justice for the victim.
The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue illustrates that the Turkish regime persistently abuse and ill-treat Syrian refugees. Recently, intended and determined killing incidents against Syrian refugees have been multiplied in addition to dismissing and deporting them from camps in its borders with European Union countries. The forum also assures that the Turkish regime does not respect its international commitments and the principles of the International Law in regard to refugees’ lives. Besides, the regime intends to expose the refugees’ lives to danger in a severe violation to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees issued in 1951 which prohibits asylum countries from dismissing or exposing refugee’s life to danger.
The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue calls the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to take action to criminalize the systematic killing processes committed against Syrian refugees by the Turkish regime whether inside Turkey or across borders with European Union and to investigate intended killing incidents committed against Syrians and bring perpetrators to justice.