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Al-Qamishli: PYD wants to introduce own family registers

KURDWATCH, April 1, 2015—In early March 2015, the transitional administration for the canton of Jazirah, which was appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), opened its own registry offices. The offices bear the designation »Office for the Contract of Family Life«. They are issuing family registers that bear the designation »Contract of Family Life«. According to these documents, men are only allowed to marry one woman, not four, as is currently possible under Syrian law. Among other things, the distribution of aid supplies is to be based solely on the new family registers. According to information obtained by KurdWatch, the PYD hopes to thus encourage all families to exchange their old family registers for new ones. This will allow the PYD to collect exact information about family composition and thus about potential recruits. So far the PYD has not had access to this information as the central recruiting authority in al‑Hassakah remains under regime control.

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