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ʿAfrin: PYD kidnaps and tortures teenager and demands that she leave the country

KURDWATCH, March 11, 2015—On February 28, 2015, masked people kidnapped Rojin Hanan Kurish (b. January 1,  2000) in front of her parents home in ʿAfrin. She was released on a highway the same day. Prior to her release she was tortured. Employees of the transitional administration in the canton of ʿAfrin, which was appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), demanded that the family leave the country within forty-eight hours. On March 3, Rojin, her sister Julia (b. 1998) and her brother Imad (b. 1997) fled to Turkey, where her father already lives due to health reasons. Ibrahim Kurish, the children’s uncle, who was himself previously kidnapped by the PYD [further information] told KurdWatch: »We have been supporting the revolution since 2011. We are against the regime and against the politics of the PYD. The PYD does not want to have any critics in the country.«

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