Syria 

Arab residents rally against Kurdish rule in Syria’s Deir Az Zor

(08.05.2019) Protests against Kurdish rule widen in Deir Az Zor as Arabs complain of discrimination and forced conscription.

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Refugee tents in Turkey. Photo: Henry Ridgwell

Syria: Deserters Wary of Syrian Regime’s Pledge of Pardon

(14.11.2018) Syrian refugees, who shirked army conscription, have voiced skepticism of the regime’s amnesty from military service. In October, the regime announced an amnesty for men who deserted the army or have avoided military service, giving them several months to report for duty without facing punishment. The fear of conscription, and potential punishment for ducking it or for desertion, is frequently cited by aid groups as one of the main reasons refugees give for not wanting to return home.

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Human Rights Association and Human Rights Foundation Turkey

Turkey: War Kills! No to War! We Want Peace!

Human Rights Association and Human Rights Foundation Turkey to the war in Afrin

(21.01.2018) The statements of the Turkish political authority regarding military intervention into Afrin in Syrian lands turned into a hot war on 20 January 2018. The air operation to Afrin was launched subsequent to the statements of the President of the Republic and then of General Staff. Additionally, it is understood from the images of the press that the ground assault was also launched together with the participation of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) consisted of nondescript paramilitary groups which were transported into Syrian lands through Turkey.

Rundbrief »KDV im Krieg« - Februar 2018

Fleeing ISIS Conscription in Deir Ezzor

Conversation with a draft evader

(06.11.2017) When ISIS ordered the forced conscription of all men of fighting age in Deir Ezzor, Ali knew he had no other choice but to enlist a smuggler and escape the eastern province.