Commentary on the Final Declaration of the Syrian Opposition in Riyadh

In September 2016, the High Negotiation Committee (HNC) of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces published a document, the so-called “Executive Framework for a Political Solution,” that outlines its views regarding a future Syrian state. Due to various aspects, the members of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC), as well as representatives of other […]

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Final Declaration of the Extended Conference of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces

Riyadh, 22.- 23. November 2017 The second Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Conference was held in Riyadh from 22 to 23 November 2017. It was attended by representatives of the opposition and revolution, independents, as well as by military groups, civil society, and local and community council members from all parts of Syrian society. The aim […]

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Report of a Kidnapping

By Nashaat Zaza, Member of the Politburo of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan-Syria (KDP-S) On October 5, 2017 I attended a meeting of the KDP-S in Dêrik (Arabic: Al-Malikiyah). Also present were some members of the Central Committee, as well as other members of the politburo. During our meeting a colleague called us in order […]

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Istanbul-Paper III – Cornerstones of a Syrian Constitution

During the fourth dialogue workshop in Istanbul, members of various groups of the Syrian opposition worked for four days intensively on the cornerstones of a future constitution for Syria. Their discussion was based on the Istanbul-Paper II, which summarizes the results of the workshop from May 2017 in 23 points. The participants worked through seven […]

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4th Dialogue Workshop participants discuss cornerstones of Syrian draft constitution

From 9 to 14 November 2017, members of various groups of the Syrian opposition gathered in Istanbul to work together on the cornerstones of a future constitution for Syria. The participants originate from the Syrian societal groups of the Kurds, Yazidis, Druze, Assyrians, Turkmens and Nazeheen and thus reflected the diversity of the Syrian society. […]

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Asayiş Dissolves General Assembly of KNC

On November 7, 2017, the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) was planning to hold his fourth general assembly in Al-Qamişlo. A new president as well as new members for the various committees of the KNC should be elected.

When the congress was about to start, members of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), prevented KNC-members to enter the meeting room. Continue reading Asayiş Dissolves General Assembly of KNC

PYD elections in Syrian Kurdistan illegitimate

On 21st of September 2017, the first municipal elections organized by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) took place in northern Syria in territories under their control. Thereby, administrative committees for the municipalities of the Kurdish regions were elected. Local elections will be held in November this year, before PYD will hold parliamentary elections for the […]

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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