The PKK terrorist group’s Syrian department YPG continues to recruit child soldiers, despite worldwide calls to cease the observe, latest experiences revealed.
Although the terrorist group in 2019 signed an motion plan with the U.N. to “finish and forestall the recruitment and use of child soldiers,” the recruitment of child soldiers has not stopped.
From January 2014 to September 2020, the PKK/YPG recruited at the least 911 kids, in accordance to U.N. knowledge and knowledge provided by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), the Syria Direct reported.
As the stats by the U.N. Office of Children and Armed Conflict reveal, the PKK/YPG recruited 224 kids in 2017, 313 kids in 2018, and a complete of 300 kids in 2019 and 2020 till September mixed.
The U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General’s (DoD-OIG) Aug. four report on Command Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) famous that in 2019, the PKK/YPG “recruited kids into their ranks from displacement camps in northeastern Syria.”
The report additional added that every yr since 2014, the “Kurdish entities partnered with the U.S.” made guarantees to finish the usage of child soldiers, however that every yr the observe continues.
Though the PKK/YPG initially signed a pledge with Geneva Call – a Swiss humanitarian group that works to “shield civilians in armed battle” – to cease the usage of child soldiers in 2014, its use of child soldiers has solely elevated since then.
Local folks residing in areas held by the PKK/YPG have lengthy suffered from its atrocities, because the terrorist group has a infamous report of human rights abuses, starting from kidnappings, recruitment of child soldiers, torture, ethnic cleaning and compelled displacement.
The U.S. has primarily partnered with the PKK/YPG in northern Syria within the battle towards the Daesh terrorist group. Turkey strongly opposes the PKK/YPG’s presence in northern Syria, which has been a significant sticking level in strained Ankara-Washington relations. The U.S. has supplied army coaching and hundreds of truckloads of weaponry to the PKK/YPG, despite its NATO ally’s safety issues.
The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union, has waged a terror marketing campaign towards Turkey for greater than 4 a long time and has been chargeable for the deaths of practically 40,000 folks, together with ladies and kids.