Category Archives: PYD

Another on-the-ground journalist questions RSF report on press freedom in Rojava

By David Meseguer: Like other colleagues, I also read the Reporters without Borders report dated 1st May on abuses against fellow reporters in Syria´s northeast and I´d also like to comment on the issue as I’ve been reporting from the ground since the beginning of the conflict in March 2011. First of all, I would like to stress…

Freelance journalist working in Kurdistan responds to RSF allegations against PYD

By Peace in Kurdistan: Reporters Without Borders (RSF), one of the world’s leading media freedom organisations, reported last week that it has recorded a ‘growing number of abuses’ by the PYD against reporters and journalists working in Rojava. They allege that the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the local security forces (Asayish) have been perpetrating…

By ignoring Rojava, Western powers disregard secular, democratic values: Salih Muslim

KT Report: These are extracts from a statement to the international media this week by Salih Muslim, co-chair of the PYD (People’s Democratic Party). (Source: ANF) “The civil war now engulfing Syria emerged from its people’s desire for political change. But the war is not universal: since the outbreak of protests in 2011 against President…

‘From hell to jail’: Rojava refugees

Kamal Chomani

By Kamal Chomani: Twitter: @KamalChomani A bitterly cold winter menaces some 235,000 Rojava Kurds (Syrian refugees) who sought safety and security in the Kurdistan Region (KR) as violence tore Syria apart. Over 12,000 of them, living in the Kawrgosk Refugee Camp, next door to the Kalak oil refinery, are gradually acclimatising to life under tents…

Syria’s Kurds seek autonomy and peace with Arabs: Salih Muslim

KT News: PYD leader Salih Muslim has outlined his objectives for an autonomous Kurdish region in a federal Syria. In an interview with the AFP, Muslim also insisted that Syria’s Kurds can live in peace with Syria’s Arabs. “The (Syrian) Kurdistan region will be divided into three autonomous provinces: Kobani (central), Afrin (west) and Qamishli…

Barzani opposes ‘unilateral’ autonomy for Rojava

KT News: Masud Barzani, president of the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq, has condemned the declaration of interim autonomy for West Kurdistan/Syria – also known as Rojava – made this week by the PYD (Democratic Union Party) and its allies. The autonomy declaration followed a string of military successes by the YPG (Committees for the…

Why won’t the KDP allow Salih Muslim into KRG territory?

By Mufid Abdulla: The progress in west Kurdistan over the last two years has been an outstanding part of the history of the Kurdish struggle. The west of Kurdistan is now largely controlled by the Kurdish people with some resistance from al Qaeda-linked fundamentalists. All along the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and its leadership was…

KRG ‘bars Salih Muslim at the border’

KT News: The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has prevented Salih Muslim, co-leader of the Syrian Kurdish PYD, from entering the south of Kurdistan, according to reports. Salih Muslim had been waiting at the border to go and attend a memorial to his son who died recently in fighting with jihadists. However he has not been…

12 Kurds die in battles with jihadists

KT News: 12 Kurds from the YPG (Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People) in Rojava (Syria) died yesterday in battles with al Qaeda-linked terrorists, according the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Kurd fighters were protecting their villages in the Hasake province from attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the…

Kurd leaders from Turkey visit family of Shervan Muslim, slain by al Qaeda

KT News:  In a show of solidarity, the co-chairs of the DTK (Democratic Society Congress) and the BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) are travelling from Turkey to Kobane in Rojava/Syria to offer their condolences to the family of Shervan Muslim, son of PYD (Democratic Union Party) co-chair Salih Muslim Mohamed. Shervan was killed on Wednesday…

Political anxiety and the fact-finding mission in Rojava (Western Kurdistan)

Continuing Bloodbath in Syria

By Dr.Amir Sharifi: Some Reflections on the Unpublished Report ‘Rudaw’ on Sept 3 published  the  summary  report  of  the nine member  Fact Finding Mission assigned by president Barazani to delve into the accuracy of the media reports about the Jihadist massacre of Kurds in Western Kurdistan or Rojava. The purpose of the mission was to…

The PKK-KDP row steadily evaporates Kurdish hope in Syria

Abdulla Hawez

By Abdulla Hawez: The fierce competition between the proxies of the two mainstream Kurdish factions in Syria’s Kurdish areas, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) may sabotage Kurds’ best opportunity to achieve self-rule within Syria in a century. The Democratic Union Party more commonly known by its Kurdish-language acronym (P.Y.D.), a…

Iron grip imposed: Will unarmed Syrian Kurds respond?

Adib Abdulmajid

By Adib Abdulmajid: Amid the ongoing destructive war between the Syrian rebel forces and the regime, the circle of violence is apparently expanding to include the north-eastern area of the country, where the Kurds form a majority of the population. However, unlike other clashes seen in the rest of the country, the Kurdish area is…

Syria: West must talk to PYD, not back Jihadists

By Harem Karem: The growing desire to distribute even more killing machines, while deducting the bill from the victims’ resources, reached a new peak on Monday as the warmongers gathered in Brussels, aiming to lift the EU arms embargo on the pretext that the Syrian rebels are the ‘moderate opposition’ and this would instigate a…

‘Western Kurdistan could be a model for a free and democratic Syria’, PYD co-president tells London audience

Press Release Salih Muslim, co-president of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) addressed a well-attended seminar entitled The Kurds and the conflict in Syria at the London School of Economics last Friday.[1] The LSE Middle East Centre hosted the seminar, which was chaired the Centre’s manager, Robert Lowe. Providing an overview of the latest…