alert status: Genocide Emergency and genocide denial 


Genocide stage:

extermination, denial 


Affected group:

  • Kurds

  • Political opposition


Current situation:

  • threatened elites

  • consolidation of power in the state and the military

  • state of emergency

  • crackdown on dissent

  • political prisoners

  • denial of identity

  • army and police crackdown on  Kurds in south east turkey

  • expansion into syria

  • forced displacement

  • massacres

  • denial of the genocides committed by the ottoman empire.



Statement by Genocide Watch to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom

In 2018 Turkish armed forces invaded and took control of the northern Syrian region of Afrin, which was largely populated by Kurds, Yazidis, Christians, and other minority groups. The Turks and their allied militias drove hundreds of thousands of people out of Afrin, many of whom sought refuge in northeastern Syria, governed by the Autonomous Ad...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's public use of the insult "the leftovers of the sword" in referring to survivors of the massacres of Christians in his country is alarming on many levels. The phrase not only insults the victims and the survivors of the massacres but also endangers the safety of Turkey's dwindling Christian community, who are often exposed to pressures that include physical attacks. (Photo by Chris McGra...

Turkish soldiers on tank in in the border town of Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, Oct. 11, 2019. Photo by REUTERS/Murad Sezer.

Turkey’s transfer of Syrian families to Tell Abyad from Afrin has reignited worries of demographic engineering in northern Syria.

Turkey has transferred hundreds of people to the northeastern Syrian town of Tell Abyad from the Turkish-controlled Operation Euphrates Shield region, stunning many fa...

April 28, 2020

Desecrated Yezidi graves in Afrin, Syria cemetery.  credit: Edzina Foundation

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish-backed armed groups continue to desecrate property belonging to the Yezidi minority in Afrin, northern Syria. 

Cemeteries, religious shrines and Yezidi cemeteries in Afrin have been destroyed, stolen and looted by armed groups, according to local activists.

The Ezdina Foundation, which monitors abuses in Afrin in ge...

April 20, 2020

Turkish-backed Syrian proxy fighters loot businesses in Afrin, March 24, 2020. File photo: AFP

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Since the Turkish invasion of January 2018, the Kurdish population of Afrin, northwest Syria, has fallen by more than 60 percent, according to a local rights group. 

Thousands of indigenous Kurds were forced to flee the area when Turkish forces and their Syrian militia proxies launched Operation Olive Branch...

Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Syria’s war ended up in Idlib city. But with the front line just five miles away, the city may not be a refuge much longer.

About 100 displaced families live in a temporary shelter in a soccer stadium in Idlib city. The city is likely to be the Syrian government’s next target.  Credit...Ivor Prickett for The New York Times

IDLIB, Syria — Before the war in Syria, Idlib city, with its tree-l...

Genocide Warning: January 17, 2018, renewed October 8, 2019

Kurds, Christians, and Yezidis in Northeast Syria are at grave risk of genocide by the armies of Turkey and Syria. The genocide will be supported by Russia and Iran.  Turkey and Iran have sizable Kurdish minority populations, which they consider threats to ethnic and national unity. 100,000 Christians live in the area Turkey will invade. Turkey and its predecessor, the...

August 8, 2019

Turkey and the US reached a deal for northern Syria on Wednesday to establish joint operations centre.

The Syrian government has called the agreement between Turkey and the United States regarding a safe zone in northern Syria a "blatant attack" on the country's sovereignty.

On Wednesday, Turkey and the US reached a deal to establish a joint operations centre to coordinate and manage the setting up of a safe zone in no...

August 6, 2019

Turkish officials claim that the government has not forcibly deported Syrians in a widespread campaign to crack down on illegal migration in recent weeks.

For more than two years, Faras Hajar, 23, supported his siblings and elderly father as a shoe factory worker in Istanbul. But last month, after police stopped him in Esenyurt, a popular district for Syrian refugees, his new life appeared to be over.

Hajar, from Syria, say...

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