9 August 2020: Chhange will be operating virtually until further notice. Our offices and exhibits are closed.

Chhange's Statement on the Persecution of the Kurdish People

Chhange strongly condemns the human rights violations being perpetrated against the Kurdish people in northern Syria. The Kurdish people in this region of the Middle East have been targeted for persecution and violence because of their ethnic identity for over a century.

On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, the Turkish army crossed the border into Syria, and began a large scale military campaign against the Kurdish people who control the territory. This most recent violence has included indiscriminate bombings, executions, and forced displacement.

Genocide Watch has issued a “Genocide Warning” about Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria and 97 humanitarian organizations in Syria issued a joint statement condemning the unilateral Turkish military action.

Chhange is deeply concerned about the welfare of the Kurdish people in light of the Turkish incursion and continued attacks despite a mutually agreed upon ceasefire. Chhange denounces the deliberate, systematic targeting of the Kurdish people by the Turkish military and encourages individuals to reach out to their elected representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, informing them of their concern for the Kurdish people.

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