Kurdish party reopens office in Syria’s Qamishli after closure

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Supporters of the PYD and TEV-DEM (R), and KNC supporters (L). File photo

ARA News

The Kurdish National Council (KNC) has reopened its office in the Siyahi neighbourhood of Qamishli city, in northeastern Syria, weeks after its office was closed down by the PYD-led Self-Administration in mid March for having no license.

Dozens of KNC supporters protested in front of the office to denounce the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and the arrests of politicians, the shutting down of KNC office, and the military conscription.

Muhsen Zaher, head of the local KNC committee in Qamishli, said that the Kurdish National Council will struggle to achieve the objectives of the Kurdish people, and will reopen all its offices that were closed in March for not registering at the local self-administration.

On April 17, 2014, the PYD-led administrations passed a law on political parties for the cantons of the Cezire, Kobani and Efrin, setting a deadline of forty-five days to apply for authorization. The Barzani-backed KNC immediately rejected the law.

After several PKK and YBS fighters were killed in clashes between the KDP-linked Rojava Peshmerga forces and the PKK-affiliated Shingal Resistance Units (YBS) on 3 March in the Yezidi area of Sinjar (also known as Shingal) in northern Iraq, the local administration of Rojava decided to implement the law and warned the KNC parties –backed by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)– to register their offices.

Furthermore, the Asayish security forces led by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria’s Kurdish region (Rojava) have arrested over 40 members of the pro-Barzani Kurdish National Council (KNC) after the Sinjar clashes.

This while the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)-led security forces arrested 23 opposition protestors, of which six are still being held in prison in Iraqi Kurdistan.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a statement to ARA News called on both the PYD-led and KDP-led administrations in Iraq and Syria to release prisoners that were arrested after clashes between Kurdish forces in Sinjar on 3 March.

In late April, the security forces of the PYD’s Rojava Self-Administration reclosed an office of the Kurdish National Council (KNC) in Qamishli city, in northeastern Syria, after the KNC decided to reopen it.

On 7 May, five members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S) were released along with two members of the Kurdish Future Movement after two months of imprisonment in Kobani on 6 May.

However, several KNC members are still in prison.

Source: ARA News

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