Mehri Rezai , KNK representative in London, gave this speech in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 8 December 2019:
Today marks 100 years since the Sykes-Picot agreement was signed. Today we as Kurdish people condemn the decisions made within it, that led to the Lausanne Agreement which divided Kurdistan.
Under the slogan of national unity and believing in the will for freedom and self-determination alongside the leading role of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK); today we proudly say, after 100 years of suffering from mass genocide, execution and torture; we are still the only source of equality and best foundation for democracy in the Middle East.
Just to let the British people know a majority of the struggles in the Middle East over the past one hundred years can be linked back to the Sykes Picot Agreement and the Treaty of Sèvres.
Forming modern day Turkey, Lausanne set the northern borders of Syria and Iraq, separating ethnic groups and effectively dashing the Kurdish dream of forming Kurdistan.
Today, more than 60 million Kurds, and millions of Assyrians, Yezidis and other ethnicities ride the makeshift borders originally created by Mark Sykes and Francois Picot, 100 years ago. Continue reading
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International Conference Rome 5-6 October -Democratic Confederalism, Municipalism, Global Democracy
Seminar held on 3 February 2018 from 2-6pm at
DLT Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London WC1H OXG View Map
Organised by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, The Corner House, People’s Knowledge, Mesopotamian Ecology Movement, Kongra-Star, Kurdistan Students Union and SOAS Kurdish Society
Session 1: Film – “Water’s date of death” Continue reading
Saturday 3 February at 14:00–18:00
Location: DLT Lecture Theatre, SOAS, University of London, WC1H 0XG
Since the early 2000s, the Kurdish freedom movement, inspired by its imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan, has rejected a state-based “solution” to the social and economic injustices that pervade the Kurdish majority regions in particular and the Middle East more generally.
Organised by Peace in Kurdistan in association with Centre for Kurdish Progress
Monday, 23 October, 7-9pm in Committee Room 11, Houses of Parliament, Westminster
The meeting is hosted by Kate Osamor MP and chaired by the journalist Steve Sweeney
Speakers include Dr Radha D’Souza Reader in Law, Westminster University ; Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley lecturer in Political Sociology, the University of Cambridge; Dimitri Roussopoulos publisher, author and community organiser; De Zeynap Kurban, Kurdish Women’s Movement. Continue reading
by Michael Knapp, Historian; Translated from German original by Richard Braude
The revolution in Rojava (West Kurdistan/ North Syria), which started in Kobanî (Ain al-Arab) and spread like wildfire through Afrîn, Dêrik (Al-Malikiya), Qamişlo (Al-Qamishli), Amûdê and Serê Kaniyê (Ras al-Ayn) – the regions lying on the Turkish-Syrian border – has launched an alternative development in all aspects of society.
Inspired by the model of democratic confederalism and democratic autonomy, democratic assemblies, women’s council and other democratic organisations have been established. Every ethnic and religious group must be represented in these councils, and the leadership of each evenly divided between the sexes. This is not a project striving towards a nation state, but for democratic autonomy in the region and a democratic Syria. Continue reading