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Al-Qamishli: PYD charges high fees after requiring businesses to re-register

KurdWatch, October 13, 2015—On October 8, 2015, employees of the transitional administration for the canton of Jazirah, which was appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), set a forty‑eight‑hour deadline for owners of shops and workshops in the industrial area of al‑Qamishli to apply to re‑register their businesses. A workshop owner told KurdWatch: »When I asked the PYD about registration, they demanded twenty thousand Syrian lira from me. That’s fraud. My business has been registered for fifteen years.« Twenty thousand Syrian lira is currently around fifty euros. The required fees are reportedly dependent on the size of the operation, but no clear policies are available. KurdWatch knows of business people who have had to pay as much as seventy‑five thousand Syrian lira while others with good relationships with the transitional administration have received »discounts«.

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