Thirty-three Cornerstones for a new Syrian Constitution

How should a future, democratic Syria be structured? Which principles should be mentioned in the constitution as the foundation of the state? Which authority should a future president possess? How will the Syrian people elect a new parliament and who will become a member of the Constitutional Court? These and other questions were discussed at […]

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Media Roundup June 24 to July 1

In this Media Roundup, we collect weekly local news from Syria, which are published mainly in Arabic and Kurdish media. By this, we would like to make these news, which from our point of view, reflect the current situation on site, accessible to a broader readership. The sources come from news channels that we consider […]

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Background papers for the development of a future Syrian constitution

Since 2017, the European Center for Kurdish Studies (ECKS) is organizing dialogue workshops with members of the Syrian opposition, belonging to the various linguistic, ethnic and religious groups in Syria. The workshops are designed to develop mutual visions for the political structure of a future, democratic Syria. The basis for the discussions are thematic papers […]

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Members of the different Syrian components meet for a dialogue workshop in Bucharest

From May 30 to June 4, the first dialogue workshop of the European Center for Kurdish Studies (ECKS) in 2018 took place in Bucharest. As in the previous workshops, members of different ethnic, religious and linguistic groups participated in the meeting. They were of Assyrian, Kurdish, Druze, Alawite, Yezidi and Turkmen background. Accordingly, they reflected […]

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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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