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Al-Qamishli: Since the beginning of the revolution, Kurdish parties present demands publicly for the first time

KURDWATCH, May 19, 2011—On May 14, 2011, the parties of the Kurdish Patriotic Movement in Syria, which is an association composed of the nine parties of the Political Council, the two parties of the Democratic Alliance, and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), publicly presented their demands in al-Qamishli for the first time since the beginning of the revolution:

1. An end to the violence against demonstrators and the authorization of peaceful demonstrations;
2. Carrying out the decree to end the state of emergency; the abolishment of all special courts and laws; the release of all political prisoners;
3. Authorization of the operation of all political parties and movements;
4. An end to all racist measures and the abolishment of all secret decrees against the Kurds; the speedy repatriation of stateless people (ajanib); the entry of unregistered stateless people (maktumin) as Syrian citizens in the civil registers; an end to the neglect of the Kurdish regions and equal treatment with other regions;
5. The organization of a national conference that does not exclude any group. The primary task should be the development of a new constitution, which will be then be put to a vote by the Syrian people; freedom of the press;
6. The guarantee of a separation of powers;
7. The implementation of a just and democratic solution to the Kurdish question by recognizing in the constitution that the Kurds are an integral part of the Syrian people and by guaranteeing their national rights;
8. The protection and guarantee of the cultural rights of ethnic and religious minorities in Syria.

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