Crimes Committed by YPG

  1. The adoption of social contract law which is driven from the theories of Abdullah Öcalan, the leader of PKK which is a hardline interpretation of the marxist-lenninist ideology.
  1. Murder
  • The killing and arresting of Peaceful Demonstrators and Arrests of others in the Eastern Countryside of Deir Ez-Zor in 2018. 
  • A child, a woman and a man were killed by indiscriminate fire by patrol members of SDF
  • There were several injuries and arrest of other civilians as well. 
  • 2 young men killed by SDF sniper, in the Western Countryside of Deir Ez-Zor,  while they were trying to cross from the regime-controlled area (Hawaij Diab Shamia) to SDF-controlled area (Hawaij Diab Jazeera)
  • Two young men from the town of Drenj were killed and others were injured when elements of SDF fired at the civilians.
  • In the city of Raqqa, between 6 November 2016- June 2017, 146 civilians including 31 children and 31 women died as a result of SDF attacks.
  • Mass murder took plaace in Al-Aghabish, Tal Brak, Tal Khaleel, Al Hajia, Al Mtaneia, and Ghwairan.
  • Assassinations carried out in Qamishli, Ras Al Ain, Al Jawadeya, Rmailan, Tal Brak, Tal Hamees, Al Hasakeh, Tal Tamr and Al-Qahtaneyya.
  • Killing and Causing Death as SDF sieged Mambij and prevented any medical or humanitarian aid to enter for more than two months. 
  • On July 17th 2016, massacre took place where 200 civilians died, most of them were women and children.
  • On July 28th 2016, a massacre took place in the town of Al-Ghandoura, 50 civilians died upon false coordinates given by SDF.
  • On June 3rd 2016, 25 civilians were killed most of them were women and children. 
  1. Displacement (Ethnic Based)
  • Occupying Houses and confiscating public and private property: Hedaya Hotel in Qamishli, houses and public headquarters in Ras Al Ain, Amouda, and Al Malkeyya.
  • Demolishing houses and villages: In Jaza’a, Al Qahtaneyya countryside, Tal Hamees, Ras Al Ain, Tal Tamr, Qmishli, Tal Brak. According to Amnesty Report: About 4500 families were displaced from the villages that were demolished.
  • SDF has forcibly displaced the populations from their villages: Al Jaqal Al Kabeer, Awsajli, Qara Kabeer, Qara Sagheer, Al Jat, Al Bunaya, Al Shwiha, Al Zanqal, Al Rus, Khirbat Al Shiab, Al Nouaymia. 
  • Seven villages were displaced entirely in the outskirts of Tishreen Dam; Khirbat Khalid, Yusuf Basha( Al Qashla), Al Hamadat, Alsaidyn, Khirbaat Al Twaini (Al Haj Hussien) Al Ballasha, and Shash Al Boubna (Khirbat Zamala). 
  1. Illegal trafficking
  • Drug Trade is an important source of YPG’s income. One of the main social issues in Arab regions like Tal Abyad, Ain Issa, Raqqa and Shadadi are drug addicts
  1. Compulsory Recruitment for Military Services
  • The YPG is organizing compulsory recruitment for military services among the youth of the population controlled. Young man rejecting to do the military service and their families are being arrested by the YPG to enforce the military service upon them.
  1. Child recruitment 
  • Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations have reported the use of children fighters by the YPG. Also propaganda images of the YPG confirm the use of girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 18.
  1. Terror Attacks
  • Civilians, police forces and administrative employees in Afrin and northern Aleppo are being killed by terrorism attacks by the YPG’s so called ‘Wrath of Olives’ campaign
  1. Restricting the movement of Civilians
  • Imposing illegal restrictions, in the North-Eastern Syria, on movement of those who fled from the areas controlled by ISIS to areas under control of SDF. 
  1. Robbing Property
  • Reports of robbery by the YPG in Al Qamishli countryside (Tal Khalil, Al Hajia, Al Matiniya, Al Raheya, and Abo Khazaf), Tal Brak, Jaza’a, Al Qahtaneyya, Tal Tamr and Ras Al Ain.
  • In Amouda, Ain Al Arab, and other areas in Al Hasakeh governorate, second-hand furniture, antiques, and household items markets were flourished as stolen property were moved from Manbij and its countryside towards those areas
  • SDF militants stolen wheat warehouses in Manbij and moved them to Ain Al Arab
  • The grain of the public silos was moved from Tal Rifat to Afrin.
  • Furniture and houses were stolen on the pretext of affiliation to ISIS 
  • Equipments of the public establishments was stolen 
  • Medical equipment in the hospitals and public clinics in Tal Rifats such as MRI and Dialysis equipment were stolen
  1. Violation of Freedom of Press
  • SDF issued decisions and regulations that prevent press activities without granted approval by SDF- Restriction on press.
  1. Blackmailing
  • In the city of Manbij, SDF forces planted IEDs randomly and blackmailed the populations. They were spreading panic in order to make more money as SDF imposed an amount of $100, or the equivalent.
  1. Coordination with Assad Regime and ISIS
  • The Return of Assad Regime’s Institutions: SDF coordinated with the Syrian regime for a gradual return for all institutions (except for the security institutions currently) to the city after four years of absence, (especially the institutions of telecommunications, education, Baath Party, and members of the so-called Syrian parliament)
  • Marea city was sieged for two months by SDF, with indirect coordination with ISIS
  • Attacking FSA forces at Tel Rifat in coordination with Assad regime air forces, simultaneous offensive by ISIS.
  1. Extrajudicial enforced disappearance
  • Extrajudicial Arrests done by SDF militias when they besieged a number of villages and farms around the city of Al-Raqqa. 
  • They broke into villages and destroyed houses& arrested number of young men on charges of collaborating with opposition factions from Raqqa in the villages of Qahtaniya, Hattin and Al-Adnaniye in the West countryside of Raqqa
  • Many young people arrested from the villages of Al-Salhabiya and Al-Khnizat.
  • Arrests of women by SDF forces on the pretext that their husbands are elements of ISIS in the Raqqa region
  • 117 civilians arrested by SDF outside the legal framework in the city of Raqqa.
  • 65 people were arrested when they protested and objected the decisions of displacements in entirely in the outskirts of Tishreen Dam

Source: Stabilization Committee

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