Politician of the Kurdish National Council dies due to PYD imprisonment

On Monday, December 5, 2016, Selah Younis, also known as Selah Abu Kovan, member of the ‘Amudah Local Committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK-S), died after several failed surgeries in a hospital in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. On June 14, 2016, Younis had been arrested by the Asayiș, the security service of the […]

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Again repressions against KNC: PYD supporters attack KNC press conference and ravage Yekîtî office

PRESS RELEASE On Friday, December 2, 2016, supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) attacked a group of sympathisers and members of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) in al-Qamishli. The group of approximately one hundred activists was heading to a public press conference of the KNC in order to ask the PYD to […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Security service of the PYD abducts political representative of the Syrian opposition

On Monday, November 28, 2016, Hawas Khalil Sadoun was abducted from his parents’ house in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê) by the Asayiș, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). Sadoun is a leading official of the Kurdish Reform Movement in Syria and the representative of the KNC in the Political Committee of the Syrian […]

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PYD consolidates its power and the world keeps silent: Attempted assassination of independent journalist and new detentions in Syrian Kurdistan

PRESS RELEASE On Wednesday, November 23, 2016, the correspondent of the independent radio station Welat FM, Sardar Dari, was found unconscious and severely injured in al-Khamael, about 20 kilometres from al-Hasakah. The previous evening, fighters of the YPG had abducted him from his internet coffee shop in the al-Mufti neighbourhood of al-Hasakah. He was brutally […]

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ʿAmudah – Along the lines of Stalinism: PYD security forces shut down another radio and raid Yekîtî office

PRESS RELEASE 18 November 2016 Kurdish National Council in Syria – Geneva Office On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, in ʿAmudah employees of Asayiș, the security forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), stormed the premises of the radio station Amûdê FM and arrested four staff members, namely Noshin Ahmad, Ava Khano, Pesheng Khane and Sipan […]

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Letter to the US President-elect, Mr. Donald Trump

⁠⁠Your Excellency, Mr. Donald Trump, Mr. President, on behalf of the Kurdish National Council in Syria we send you our warmest congratulations regarding your election as President of the United States of America. We highly appreciate the role of the United States in the war against terrorism and extremism. Your country has always defended the […]

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European Representation of the KNC denounces attack by PKK affiliates against KNC rally in Stockholm

On Saturday, November 5 2016, the European Representation of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) organised a solidarity rally in Stockholm (Sweden) in solidarity of the abducted politicians and members of the KNC and of the political activists and journalists detained in PYD-controlled (before Assad-controlled) prisons. The European Representation denounced the dictatorial practices of […]

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Again KNC members abducted by PYD militias

On Friday, October 28, 2016, around 1 pm (local time), a group of hooded PYD members in a car abducted Mohamad Ameen Rashid, member of the local committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK-S), in front of the city bakery of al-Malikiyah (Dêrik). Later that day around 5 pm, Ahmad Shanke, another member […]

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Building Inclusive Peace in Syria – A Critical Appraisal of the Executive Framework for a Political Solution

Article by Prof. Dr. Eva Maria Belser and Dr. Soeren Keil As fighting has resumed in many parts of Syria, the optimism felt by many in mid-September when a cease fire ended most of the violence, has vanished. With American and Russian diplomats locking heads over the bombardment of government troops and a UN convoy […]

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PYD extends compulsory service and turns young Kurds into cannon fodder

PRESS RELEASE Kurdish National Council in Syria – Geneva Office 21 October 2016 PYD extends compulsory service and turns young Kurds into cannon fodder In June 2014, the Legislative Council for the Jazirah, appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), passed a law on compulsory military service. The law provides that every family offers a […]

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