A Turkish court sentenced Çiçek Kobanê, who was injured and captured during Turkish state backed attacks on Mûşeyrefe village in Ain Issa in Syria in 2019, to life imprisonment.
After the court’s ruling, Çiçek Kobane was not allowed to use her right to a phone call to contact her family. She has a right to make a phone call with her family once a week, according to Hawar News.
Commenting on the issue, Euphrates Region Prosecution member Nînewa Salih said: “According to international law, the Turkish state does not have the authority to judge Çiçek Kobane. Because Çiçek Kobane is a citizen of Syria and she was captured by mercenaries and then she was then handed over to Turkish officials. The most important fact is that Kobane did not fight against Turkey”.
Ninewa stated that the Turkish state has violated international law by sentencing Kobane to life imprisonment. Emphasizing that the Turkish state should be judged due to its violation of international laws, Ninewa said: “Çiçek Kobane should be tried in Syria, not in Turkey”.
According to reports by human rights organisations, Turkey has transferred Syrian citizens to its own lands and judged them in Turkish courts. According to the fourth article of the Geneva Agreement and the 49th article of the fourth agreement of the protocol made in 1949, taking people forcibly to another state’s areas are banned. There are reportedly over 140 people who are citizens of Syria who have been tried in Turkey’s courts.