162 Arab organisations intellectual and academic figures appeal to the international community to rein in Turkey in northern Syria and denounce potential and expected attacks on region • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

162 Arab organisations intellectual and academic figures appeal to the international community to rein in Turkey in northern Syria and denounce potential and expected attacks on region

Land is fundamental to the attainment of many human rights as we cling tightly to our land and our honour

A statement to public opinion


Since December 1948, the date of the issuance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which represented a shift in the collective awareness of humanity of the need to embody the actual commitment to human rights, dignity and freedom, based on a common standard that ought to be attained by all peoples and nations. This declaration has been translated into 500 languages; and humanity has been hoping for the better on all levels, but the successive facts over the years have left individuals and peoples with great disappointment, as rights and freedoms are violated and trampled upon, and the human being has become just a number in the machine of exploitation and violations, most notably in this case is what Syrians are going through especially in light of Turkey’s continuous threats and the international community’s deafening silence, which we would like to see an end to it.


We, journalists, civil and legal activists, intellectuals and writers, movements, parties, organisations, associations, personalities and public opinion makers in the free world, appeal to the international and Arab community, countries and organisations, to put an end to the Turkish threats of targeting the regions of northern and eastern Syria to prevent any possible military operation that will inevitably lead to an unprecedented humanitarian and social catastrophe.


Respect for human rights, cultures and beliefs is not something recognised by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who continues to threaten to invade northern and eastern Syria at a depth of 30 kilometres; that is, to invade an area in which about 2.5 million people live and whose demographics are characterized by ethnic and religious diversity, from the Kurds, Arabs and Syriacs, to the Assyrians, the Chechens, the Armenians and the Turkmen, who are all components of Syria that have long coexisted and lived for many decades in peace, security and harmony.


We, the signatories of this statement, warn against any possible operation aimed at ethnic cleansing against the indigenous population and seeking to undermine the efforts to combat the terrorist organisation ISIS, which will cause a wave of migration and displacement of millions inside and outside Syria, and solidify the state of instability in a broken country that is experiencing conflict and crises.


We affirm that the operation that Ankara intends to launch will turn the region into a hotbed of long-term conflicts in which the risks of terrorism growing and the revival of takfiri organisations that will affect national, regional and international security will be heightened.


Believing in those international and regional efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis by peaceful means through dialogue and based on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254, we call on international public opinion to curb Turkey’s actions and deter it from launching any attacks on Syria’s territory which would lead to chaos, violence and further fighting.


We renew our firm positions as national organisations, associations, structures and personalities that peaceful dialogue is the basis for constructive and attainable solutions, and we call on the Turkey to stop the language of threats and resort to the language of dialogue as a basis for resolving outstanding issues.


We also call on the Turkish public opinion to assume its responsibilities in this aspect.


We, the signatories below, call on the international community to:

– Put pressure on the Turkey to prevent any new military operation and to resolve issues through dialogue instead.


– Form a specialised international committee from the League of Arab States, whose objective is to follow up breaches and violations committed by Ankara on the Syria-Turkey border, and to submit its reports to the UN Security Council and the relevant authorities.




1- Arab Organization for Human Rights (Egypt)


2- Jesour for Strategic Studies (Egypt)


3- Dr. Mukhtar Ghobashi, the Secretary General of Al-Farabi Center (Egypt)


4- Dr. Jamal Abd El-Jawwad, the counselor of the Political and Strategic Studies Centre (Egypt)


5- Dr. Ahmed Fouad Anwar, member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs and professor of Hebrew in Alexandria University (Egypt)


6- Dr. Bilqis Abu-Osba, the Head of Awam Foundation for Culture and Development


7- Ali Ahmed Badrkhan, a film director (Egypt)


8- The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights


9- Al-Farabi Center for Studies, Consultations and Training


10- Dr. Basma Hamdi, the official spokesperson and Secretary General of the International Federation of African woman (Tunisia)


11- Ali Ragab, a researcher and media activist (Egypt)


12- Hossam Abu Al-Ela, a journalist in October Magazine (Egypt)


13- Dr. Ramadan Al-Bahbah, Libya’s former ambassador in India (Libya)


14- Hossam Al-Taaeb, a journalist and media activist (Libya)


15- Abdulghani Diab, a journalist and the head of the studies department of the Arab Center for Research and Studies (Egypt)


16- Adel Amer, a member of parliament (Egypt)


17- Dr. Ali Omar Tekbali, a member of parliament (Libya)


18- Ahmed Sultan, researcher and media activist (Egypt)


19- Mohamed Fathy Al-Sherif, the head of the Arab Center for Research and Studies (Egypt)


20- Hanafi Al-Fiqi, the editor-in-chief of Misr-Libya Press Portal (Egypt)


21- Randa Fakhr El-Din, Vice President of the Arab Center for Research and Studies (Egypt)


22- Mohamed Hesham, managing editor of Egypt-Saudi Arabia Portal (Egypt)


23- Dr. Nabil Najm El-Din, a media activist, writer and specialist in international relations (Egypt)


24- Ms. Asmaa Al-Husseini, writer and journalist (Egypt)


25- Hasan Al-Ibrahimi, an intellectual (Morocco)


26- Numan Hudhaifah, President of the National Council of Minorities – Yemen (Yemen)


27- Professor Dr. Fikri Selim, professor at the Faculty of Languages and Translation, Al-Azhar University (Egypt)


28- Major-General Mahmoud Mansour Mohamed Gamal El-Din (Egypt)


29- Dr. Eman Abdel Azim, professor of political science, Cairo University (Egypt)


30- Ahmed Abdel Rahim, a journalist (Egypt)


31- Dr. Sherine Mokhtar (Libya)


32- Khaled El-Esawy, a writer and journalist (Egypt)


33- Yasmine Atef, member of the Arab Center (Egypt)


34- Adel Al-Fakharani, a media activist (Egypt)


35- Sayed Abu Al-Yazid, managing editor of Al-Gomhuria newspaper (Egypt)


36- Dr. Kamal Hamed Moghith, a researcher at the National Center for Educational Research (Egypt)


37- Dr. Muhammad Al-Suwerki, a writer and historian (Jordan)


38- Dr. Galal Zenati, a university professor (Egypt)


39- Atef Maghawry, a member of parliament and the head of Tagammu Party’s parliament committee (Egypt)


40- Hussein al-Saghir Abd al-Nabi, coordinator of public relations of the Revolutionary Committees Movement (Libya)


41- Walaa Abu Staib, a researcher and journalist (Egypt)


42- Khaled Al-Kilani, a media activist, journalist and lawyer before the Court of Cassation and Supreme Constitutional Court (Egypt)


43- Dr. Ayman Al-Raqab, an academic figure (Palestine)


  1. Abdul Rahman Al-Rayyan, a writer and journalist (Yemen)


45- Hani El-Gamal, the director of Kenana Studies Center (Egypt)


46- Dr. Samir Farag, the head of the Photography Department at the Faculty of Fimmaking and Performing Arts at Cairo University (Palestine)


47- Mahmoud Hatem, a journalist (Egypt)


48- Abdul-Sattar Saif Al-Shamiri, a writer and political researcher (Yemen)


49- Dr. Mahmoud Zayed, an Arabic professor (Egypt)


50- Elhamy El-Meligy, a writer and journalist (Egypt)


51- The Reform Movement (Syria)


52- Yasser Abu Sido, an artist and writer (Palestine)


53- Ramy Zohdy, an independent economist and politician (Egypt)


54- Faeq Jarada, the director of Palestine TV office in Cairo (Palestine)


55- Ahmed El-Husseini, a journalist and researcher (Egypt)


56- Ragaei Fayed, a writer and political analyst (Egypt)


57- Islam Ghoel, a writer (Libya)


58- Dr. Matouk Hasan Saleh Al-Raaini, the Secretary General of the National Coalition for Peace and Human Rights (Yemen)


59- Brigadier-General Jamil Al-Maamari, a political analyst and military expert (Yemen)


60- Dr. Tayseer Abdul-Jabbar Al-Alusi, an academic figure and human rights activist (Iraq)


61- Maryam Saeed, a media activist (Egypt)


62- Ahmed Atta, a media activist and journalist (Egypt)


63- Mona Hussein, a media activist (Yemen)


64- Mostafa Anbar, the head of Arab affairs department of Cairo 24 website (Egypt)


65- Dr. Mohamed Mohsen Abu El Nour, the president of the Arab Forum for Analyzing Iranian Policies (Egypt)


66- Sayed Mostafa, a journalist specializing in foreign affairs (Egypt)


67- Dr. Engineer Ahmed Abdel-Khaleq El-Shennawy (Egypt)


68- Dr. Awatef Abdel Rahman, a professor of journalism (Egypt)


69- Magdy Ahmed Ali, a film director (Egypt)


70- Ibrahim Daoud, a poet and journalist (Egypt)


71- Ibrahim Abdel Fattah, a poet (Egypt)


72- Alaa Taha, a journalist (Egypt)


73- Mohamed Hashem, a publisher (Egypt)


74- Mohamed Suleiman Fayed, a journalist (Egypt)


75- Mahmoud Al-Busaifi, a journalist, writer and novelist (Libya)


76- Mohamed Nabil, a journalist (Egypt)


77- Yassine El-Rikh, a journalist (Morocco)


78- Dr. Sana Hashem, a professor of scenario (Egypt)


79- Fahmy Fouad, a chartered accountant and writer (Egypt)


80- Muhammad Al-Kafrawi, a poet (Egypt)


81- Sherif Idris, an actor (Egypt)


82- Ahmed Yassin, a writer (Egypt)


83- Maher Abu Deif, an activist (Egypt)


84- Shams Hilal, a journalist (Egypt)


85- Bahgat Al-Wakeel, a journalist and researcher (Egypt)


86- Mona Al-Sheikh, an journalist (Egypt)


87- Abdel Nasser Qutb, a journalist and writer (Egypt)


88-Mohamed Fares, a researcher and writer (Egypt)


89- Amal Ahmed, a Journalist (Egypt)


90- Walid Abu Al-Saud, journalist (Egypt)


91- Mona Al-Sheikh, a journalist (Egypt)


92- Mohamed Shawky, a writer and researcher (Egypt)


93- Khaled Mahmoud, a writer (Egypt)


94- Walid Al-Ghazi, a scenarist (Egypt)


95- Dr. Alaa Salama, the president of the House of Justice (Egypt)


96- Rahshan Qassem, a journalist (Syria)


97- Kendal Judy, a journalist (Syria)


98- Asmaa Al-Sharouni, an activist (Egypt)


99- Dr. Dina Mohsen, a media instructor (Egypt)


100- Heba Mohamed, a media activist (Egypt)


101- Samir Mahfouz, a visual artist (Egypt)


102- Yasser Selim, a journalist (Egypt)


103- Fatima Badawy, a journalist (Egypt)


104- Saeid Qenawy, a media activist (Egypt)


105- Salwa Omar, a media activist (Egypt)


106- Ahmed Kamal, a journalist (Egypt)


107- Amina Abdullah, a poet (Egypt)


108- Hassan Barkiah, a journalist (Sudan)


109- Mansour Al-Swaim, a journalist and novelist (Sudan)


110- Zain Al-Abidin Al-Dhubaibi, a poet (Yemen)


111- Magda Taleb, a media activist (Egypt)


112- Nisreen Kishk, a visual artist (Egypt)


113- Suhair Al-Samman, a writer (Yemen)


114- Ahmed Khaled, a journalist and poet (Egypt)


115- Mujahid Al-Ajab, a journalist (Sudan)


116- Faisal Muhammad Salih, a journalist and former Minister of Culture and Information (Sudan)


117- Mari Al-Debs, the head of Wardah Boutros Association (Lebanon)


118- Ilham Muhammad, a feminist (Lebanon)


119- Dylan Hassan, a feminist (Lebanon)


120- Jihan Ibrahim, a feminist (Lebanon)


121- Neamat Badr El-Din, a media activist (Lebanon)


122- Arlette Khoury, a member of the Syriac Woman Association (Lebanon)


123- Soad Abdel Rahman, a member of the Palestinian Woman Society (Palestine)


124- Samar Sahyoun, an empowerment and skills trainer (Lebanon)


125- Mona Tabboush, a feminist (Lebanon)


126- Nahed Sousan, a headmistress (Lebanon)


127- Dalal Al-Bustani, a university professor (Lebanon)


128- Nisreen Berro, a civil activist (Lebanon)


129- Donna Jaalouk, a lawyer (Lebanon)


130- Rabha Al-Farsi, the deputy president of the Libyan Future Movement (Libya)


131- Susan Amin, a civil activist (Sweden)


132- Khadija Riady, a human rights defender and she is a United Nation Human Rights prize-winner (Morocco)


133- Sawsan Shoman, a human rights and social activist (Lebanon)


134- Azza Mustafa Mohamed Ahmed, an academic figure (Sudan)


135- Soad Brahma, a lawyer, politician and human rights activist (Morocco)


136- Dr. Maryam Abu Daqqa, a social activist and leader in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (Palestine)


137- Hind Daghestani (Syria)


138- Dr. Heba Haddadin, the General Director of the foundation of Gender for Studies and Consultations (Lebanon)


139- Kanyer Abdullah, a writer (Kurdistan Region of Iraq)


140- Muhammad Abu Mahadi, a writer and political analyst (Palestine)


141- Sameh Al-Maharik, a writer and journalist (Jordan)


142- Karima El Hefnawy, a pharmacist and writer (Egypt)


143- Ahmed Al-Ameed, a journalist (Egypt)


144- Dr. Alfred Riachy, the Secretary General of the Continual Federal Congress (Lebanon)


145- Hani Anwar Madi, a political activist (Egypt)


146- Ahmed Bahaa El-Din Shaaban, the head of the Socialist Party of Egypt (Egypt)


147- Salwa Qiqa (Tunisia)


148- Farnaz Attia Ahmed, a researcher (Egypt)


149- Ali Amjad Sabbar, a writer and journalist (Iraq)


150- Abdel Hamid Bakr Abdel Hamid, a lawyer and member of the Tagammu Party’s Executive Committee of the Progressive Youth Union. (Egypt)


151- Mahmoud Desouki, a lawyer and secretary of the Tagammu Party’s Progressive Youth Union. (Egypt)


152- Abdul-Wadud Al-Kurdi, a writer (Jordan)


153- Walid Al-Remali, a writer and journalist (Egypt)


154- Hamo Muskofian, a writer and journalist (Lebanon)


155- Hanan Othman, the vice president of Nowruz Cultural and Social Association (Lebanon)


156- Salah Adly, the head of the Egyptian Communist Party (Egypt)


157- Dr. Muhammad Al-Zubaidi, a professor of the International Law (Libya)


158- Kamal Seydou, a member of the Society for Threatened Peoples (Germany)


159- Omran Al-Khatib, a writer and journalist (Jordan)

160- Jamal Hassan, the president of Nowruz Cultural Association (Lebanon)


161- Kadar Berry, the president of Kurds without Borders (Germany)


162- Nashat Al-Masry, a writer and novelist (Egypt)