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e-2708

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • Turkey launched an air and ground operation against Iraqi Kurdistan on Sunday, June 14;
  • Turkish airstrikes resulted in a number of innocent civilian deaths, including women, children, and minority groups in the region;
  • The initial airstrikes targeted Makhmour Refugee Camp, which houses 12,000 refugees that fled Turkish persecution in the 1990s, and Sinjar region with 2,500 Yazidi refugees who escaped genocide at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS);
  • Turkey’s operation will lead to detrimental human rights violations mirroring those of Northeast Syria, civilian deaths, and the displacement of minority groups (Kurds, Yazidis, Assyrians) in the region; and
  • As a fellow NATO member, Canada is obligated to uphold NATO’s purpose to promote peace, security, and stability, and help find a peaceful solution to de-escalate the current situation.
We, the undersigned, concerned citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to stand with the people of Iraqi Kurdistan and hold Turkey accountable for their human rights violations, and demand Canada suspends all arms sales to Turkey to prevent the further displacement of millions of innocent civilians while protecting the Kurdistan Region of Iraq from Turkish aggression.

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