Democratic Yazidi Society meeting in Sinjar

09/01/2017 - 13:39 0
Yazidi group calls for the PKK to remain in Sinjar

The final declaration of the Democratic Yazidi Society Coordination meeting held in Sinjar, where delegates from across Kurdistan, Europe, Russia and Armenia came together, has been issued.

The meeting was held with the participation of more than 60 delegates from across the Kurdish regions, Europe, Russia and Armenia, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq between 25-28 December. The final declaration addressed issues of mobilisation, self-governance for Sinjar and the much debated presence of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in the region.

Massacres not fate

The final declaration emphasised that "massacres are not fate for the Yazidi people, who now want to put an end to these" and called for unity and solidarity in preventing future dangers.

Appeal to local and international forces

The document described Sinjar (Shengal) as the motherland of all Yazidis and said Sinjar needed to be prioritised in all efforts. The coordination called for material and moral support to Sinjar, and criticised recent debates on the future of the area as "disturbing and painful".

‘Those who have nothing to say to the Yazidi people are claiming ownership of the Yazidis in Sinjar and instrumentalising the support of the Turkish government, an enemy of Kurds and Yazidis. After abandoning the Yazidis to the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS/ISIL), they act like nothing has happened and try to establish their rule over Sinjar. We demand that the UN, EU and other international organisations function as guarantor parties, and that the PKK, which is an effective national force in the fight against ISIS, continues to defend our society."

The declaration also said that the PKK had taken initiative in coming to the Yazidis' rescue in August 2014 and called on the group to remain in the region.

"If you had not come to our rescue, we could have been completely wiped out, or Sinjar could have been abandoned if the survivors migrated from the city. With your arrival, you became the hope of our people, who have seen you as their security and decided to stay and resist under the most difficult conditions. Many of the problems faced by the people, such as security and administration, have are yet to be resolved. We believe that you still have a responsibility and, although you have not made an official statement, we do not think that it would be right for you to withdraw from Sinjar. We believe that this society needs you and that you will be sensitive on this issue."

Autonomy for Sinjar

The declaration by the Democratic Yazidi Society Coordination also addressed the issue of Sinjar's administrative model and said that it adopts autonomy for the region. "Autonomy secures the rights of Yazidis as the basis of all political and diplomatic efforts, and we have decided to apply to international institutions on this issue." The Coordination said that its meetings were also open to any regional or central governments that would accept the political will of the administration and they could work together for the solution of Sinjar's problems.

Yazidis must mobilise

The declaration ended with the Coordination emphasising the importance of Yazidis' mobilisation and self-expression and appealed to Yazidis across the world to "work towards unity and return to Sinjar, regardless of political viewpoint, familial or tribal interests."

An administration called the Democratic Yazidi Society, composed of 31 representatives and 5 coordinators, was also declared at the meeting. A decision to expand and strengthen the Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) was also taken.

The move can be seen as a similar step to the one taken in Rojava-Northern Syria by groups affiliated to the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella Kurdish organisation that aims for a confederal and grassroots solution to the Kurdish question.

The Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) in Rojava-Northern Syria Federation has created hundreds of multi-ethnic councils and communes to bolster administrations and autonomy in the region.

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Source: ANF