Workshop on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

From April 26 to 30, 2018 the European Center for Kurdish Studies (EZKS) organized a workshop on human rights, democracy and the rule of law with participants from Afrin in Istanbul. Together, the participants discussed the current situation in Afrin and set up a priority list for restoring security and improving the humanitarian situation in […]

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Ni’mat Dawud kidnapped by PYD – persecution of KNC leadership continues

On Friday, April 13, 2018, armed members of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) stormed  the private house of Ni’mat Dawud and abducted the chairman of the Kurdish Democratic Equality Party in Syria and member of the Kurdish National Council’s (KNC) five-member executive committee. His current whereabouts is unknown. Just two weeks ago, on April 2, […]

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Kurdish National Council in Syria condemns the PYD’s allegations against Biro and Aliko

On 31 March 2018 the PYD’s so-called Executive Council of Al Jazira Province held its 5th session. In the closing statement of the meeting, the PYD accuses Yekiti party leader and former chairman of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) Ibrahim Biro and Fuad Aliko, who is member of the political committee of the […]

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Board Member of the Kurdish National Council in Syria kidnapped by Asayîş

Faisal Yusuf, a member of the Executive Committee of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC), was kidnapped on 2nd of April 2018 by members of the PYD intelligence in Qamişhlo and taken to an unknown location. At around 1:30 am, three cars with armed Asayîş staff arrived at the private house of Faisal Yusuf […]

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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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