Call for Europe for 800 ISIS arrestees in Rojava
The conference was organized by Cizire Canton Foreign Relations Council Co-chair Dr. Abdulkerim Omer and the Brussels Kurdish Institute in the European Press Club.
Free University of Brussels Clinical Psychology Professor Gerrit Loots and V-Europe (an NGO that defends victims of terrorism in Belgium) Chairperson Philippe Vansteenkiste attended the conference alongside Omer. Loots and Vansteenkiste had recently visited Rojava and made in situ observations.
The conference on the foreign gang members under arrest in Rojava and Northern and Eastern Syria and their family members pointed to the role of Europe in particular.
The speakers said European governments are responsible for the safety and future of the children of ISIS members in Northern Syria, and added that European citizen ISIS members should be tried and sentenced in their own countries. The conference was followed by a wide array of media institutions.
Omer said the Turkish army unjustifiably targeted the region of Kobanê on October 27 against the last pockets of ISIS in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, and added that this “constitutes a flagrant support for ISIS.”
Omer said the Turkish state attacked Kobanê and Gire Spî in the days after, and added that Kobanê is under attack again “at the time of this conference now”.
Omer also pointed out that the attack came one day after the quadruple summit in Istanbul.
“We condemn these attacks, and demand that the international community, the international coalition in particular, speak up,” said Omer and went on to talk about the gang members under arrest in Northern and Eastern Syria and their families.
Omer pointed to the SDF operations and said: “The military campaign, launched by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in coordination with the international coalition, managed to liberate large swathes of lands in Northern and Eastern Syria. It is estimated that about 30% of the total area of Syria has been liberated from the terrorism of the Islamic State.”
Omer added that the fight against ISIS terrorism continues and pointed out that ISIS still poses a threat to the free world and the common human values.
“The sacrifices our forces made to defeat terrorism on behalf of all humanity were heavy,” said Omer and continued: “8.000 of our men and women fell while combating terrorism, and nearly 5.000 were permanently physically disabled. ISIS destroyed entire towns and villages, and displaced thousands of their residents, who are now living in camps that lack basic services.”
Omer stressed that only a new and democratic Syria can stop gangs like ISIS.