300,000 Syrian Kurds are to have their citizenship restored.
Their citizenship was revoked in 1962 by President Al-Qudsi, before the Baath Party came to power. They were ‘offered’ citizenship as long as they swore alliegance to the President, and revoked their claim to an independent state – those who refused were denied passports, and basic rights.
Many can not even travel within Syria, in case their ID card is requested by police. They don’t have ID cards – or an identity.
Most of Syria’s Kurds are decended from Kurds fleeing from brutal Turkish repression in the 1920s and 30s.
Just days ago hundreds of Kurds were released from Syrian jails – they were arrested during the football riots in Qamishli last year. It’s the latest sign that Syria’s approach to its Kurdish population is improving.