[Marxism] UN Syria Commission clears YPG/J and SDF of ethnic cleansing charges

Nick Fredman nick.j.fredman at gmail.com
Wed Mar 15 17:18:42 MDT 2017

Look at the current report. It has plenty of details of bombing of
civilians, and chemical weapon and cluster bomb use by by the regime as
well as abuses by rebels. If you can cast doubts with concrete evidence on
its conclusions regarding the slurs against the YPG and SDF of ethnic
cleansing cast freely about by some leftists, including by people on this
list, that'd have relevance to this thread, rather than something the boss
of the agency apparently said 4 years ago about something else.

On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 9:52 AM, Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:

> On 3/15/17 6:36 PM, Nick Fredman via Marxism wrote:
>> The report, covering the miserable situation accross Syria generally,
>> describes any displacement by YPG/J and SDF as due to military necessity,
>> particularly the mass clearance of IS' indiscriminately laid land mines.
>> It
>> notes some abuses that are very minor in the context of Syria but
>> explicitly rejects ethnic cleansing. By my reckoning these charges have
>> now
>> been rebutted by a Syria National Coalition team, the Syria Observatory
>> for
>> Human Rights and now the UN Commission for Syria. The UN report is
>> available as the latest report
>> http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/Indepen
>> dentInternationalCommission.aspx
> http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/CarlaDelPonte.aspx
> Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic
> Carla Del Ponte (Switzerland)
> Ms. Del Ponte is a Swiss and international Prosecutor and diplomat. Within
> the United Nations System, she is a former Chief Prosecutor of two United
> Nations international criminal tribunals.
> ---
> Contrary to subsequent insinuations that she did not know what she was
> talking about, Del Ponte had chosen her words carefully. She had said that
> witness testimony made it appear that “some chemical weapons were used, in
> particular nerve gas.” And it appeared to have been used by the “opponents,
> by the rebels.” There is “no indication at all that the Syria government …
> used chemical weapons.”
> --Deepak Tripathi, Counterpunch May 13, 2013
> full: https://louisproyect.org/2013/08/31/carla-del-ponte-and-the-
> anti-imperialist-left-an-unprincipled-combination/

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