HRW Delegation visits Syrian Kurdistan

11.02.2014 – BasNews, Erbil – Human Right Watch (HRW) delegates have visited Syrian Kurdistan, where they met with local Kurdish authorities, including officials from the recently established Cizire Canton.

The HRW delegates plan to visit the three newly formed Kurdish cantons – Cizire, Kobane and Efrin – and report on the human rights situation in the region. Chnar Saleh, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Cizire Canton, told Kurdish media that the HRW delegation met with a number of officials; including co-chair of law makers, Hakim Khalo; Nazira Gorio, deputy of the foreign relations committee and Luqman Nahme, the head of tourism & antiquities committee. She said that HRW discussed the economic pressure Syrian Kurds are under as well as the closing of the borders.  Saleh also said that HRW is set to visit a number of places in the Kurdish inhabitant region of Syria. They will continue meeting officials and investigate the recent rise in autonomy in the area. Canton officials will facilitate HRW’s stay in the region, said Saleh.