Increasing Protest and Strikes against PYD’s Forced Recruitment

The PYD has again launched a massive campaign to arrest young people for compulsory recruitment in different regions under their control. Many cases of arrests have been recorded in Raqqa and Tabaqah. More than 50 young men from the village of Barouda west of Raqqa, 25 youths from Karama village and 18 individuals from the […]

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PYD planned to punish those publicly breaking the fast

On May 17, 2018, the so-called “Religious Affairs Center” of the PYD’s Manbij City Council issued a circular that prohibited “publicly breaking the fast” during Ramadan under the pretext that such a behavior was a sin. Those not obeying the rule would be hold accountable and arrested. The circular was widely condemned in the social […]

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Families demonstrate against PYD’s ongoing forced recruitment

According to Smartnews, the largest media agency of the Syrian opposition, on 14 May 2018 around 50 people demonstrated in front of PYD’s House of the People in Aljernyah village and called for an end to the ongoing forced recruitment of young men. Four days earlier the Syrian Democratic Forces, which are dominated by the forces […]

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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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