Once again Party of the Democratic Union (PYD) executes collective punishment

On 14 March 2017, Ramadan Muhammad Yusif was kidnapped by security forces of the PYD. He was born in 1969 in Robariya (Dêrik), is married, has four children and his profession is mason. Yusif had taken part in a funeral and was on his way back to his home village when a vehicle with tinted […]

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Third Dialogue Workshop in Istanbul successfully completed

From 15 to 18 September 2017, the third dialogue workshop organized by EZKS with the Syrian opposition took place in Istanbul. In addition to representatives of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, participants with a Druze, Assyrian and Jesidian background were present. Continue reading Third Dialogue Workshop in Istanbul successfully completed

Delegation of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in Moscow

At the invitation of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a delegation of the KNR in Syria under the leadership of President Ibrahim Biro traveled to Russia this week. On Thursday, 7 September 2017, the delegates met the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Michael Bogdanow, in Moscow. […]

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Principles of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) for the pending negotiations in Geneva

In the course of the Geneva Peace Talks , Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria, presented an agenda for the following rounds of talks in March 2017, which suggests to work out relevant subject issues in four pre-defined baskets. In preparation to the continuation of talks, the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) […]

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First Dialogue Workshop of the Kurdish National Council in Syria with other representatives of the opposition receives positive response

From April 28 to 30, 2017, the first Dialogue Workshop of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) with other factions of the Syrian opposition took place in Istanbul. Besides representatives of the KNC, many renowned and high-ranking political representatives of the arabic opposition as well as of Assyrian and Turkmen organisations participated. Additionally, deputies […]

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Again forcible shutdown of KNC headquarters in Qamişlo

Once again the headquarters of the Kurdish National Council in Syria in the city of Qamişlo in al-Hasakah province in North East Syria have been charged and shut down by armed forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) yesterday evening, May 9, 2017. In the course of the operation, thirteen members of the KNC’s general […]

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PYD practices kin liability?

Recently, we have reported on the new wave of repressions by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed militia, the People’s Defense Units (YPG), against the Kurdish National Council (KNC), its member parties and other oppositional organizations. As mentioned, not only have many offices been demolished and shut down, but additionally numerous persons have been abducted and imprisoned. 

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The EU’s strategy and priorities on Syria

On April 3, 2017, the EU Foreign Ministers convened in Luxembourg and subsequently released a paper on the EU’s future strategy on Syria. In this paper, the EU first of all clarifies, that it holds the Syrian government and its allies, notably Russia, responsible for the protection of Syrian citizens, the cessation of violence and […]

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