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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Appeal regarding the political detainees in PYD prisons

Since August, the PYD has detained dozens of activists, members and officials of the Kurdish National Council in Syria. The reason given is their participation in a funeral cortege of a Peshmerga who lost his life fighting against the Islamic State in Kurdistan Iraq. The PYD withholds all information regarding their whereabouts and their general […]

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Murderer sentenced to life imprisonment and his family expelled from the city

On October 5, the PYD-affiliated news agency ANHA (Hawar) reported about the decision taken by the “court of the people” of the Jazirah canton regarding the murder of twenty-five-year-old Falak Mohamad. On July 29, the young woman was assassinated by her husband Alan Mohamad, who is mentally fragile, right after they got married. According to […]

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Statement regarding the terrorist attack in al-Hasakah

Kurdish National Council in Syria – Geneva Office 04 October 2016 In the evening of October 3, 2016, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a wedding of the Fatîme family in a predominantely Kurdish quarter of the city of al-Hasakah and killed at least 20 people. Another 70 were injured. Among the victims are […]

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A constitution for Syrian-Kurdistan: Freedom and Democracy

Erbil. On September 16 and 17, eight members of the Legal Office of the Kurdish National Council in Syria met in Erbil to discuss the constitutional draft for Syrian-Kurdistan already approved by the political leadership of the KNC in July in Geneva. The lawyers of the KNC from Syrian-Kurdistan focussed on legal topics, the session […]

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German Chancellery welcomes the KNC and rejects the oppressive politics of the PYD

Berlin, 23 September 2016 One month after the abduction and unlawful expulsion of Ibrahim Biro, the president of the Kurdish National Council in Syria, a KNC delegation, composed of Ibrahim Biro, Kamiran Hajo, chairman of the KNC Foreign Relations Office, and Siamend Hajo, representative of the Foreign Relations Office, was received today in the German […]

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Release: The HNC’s “Executive Framework” will neither bring peace nor equality

P R E S S R E L E A S E Kurdish National Council in Syria – Geneva Office 20 September 2016 The “Executive Framework” will neither bring peace nor equality On September 7, 2016, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) released a document in London called “Executive Framework for a Political Solution”, representing its […]

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