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The Syrian Safe Zone and International Law
The Syrian Safe Zone and International Law

Author(s): Bríd Ní Ghráinne
Subject(s): International Law, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Military policy, Political behavior, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Ústav mezinárodních vztahů
Keywords: International law; Safe-zone; Turkey; Syria; returning refugees;
Summary/Abstract: On Wednesday 9 October 2019, Turkey launched a cross-border operation in Northern Syria. Turkey justified its actions as a response to an ‘imminent terrorist threat’ from Kurdish-led forces. Its operation was directed at pushing back these groups from its border and creating a ‘safe zone’ in Syria where up to two million Syrian refugees can be resettled. This reflection aims to assess (i) whether the Turkish operation to establish the safe zone was lawful; and (ii) whether the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the safe zone is in conformity with international law.

  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: English