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All Kurds to get citizenship

April 5th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

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Their citizenship was revoked in 1962 by President Al-Qudsi, before the Baath Party came to power.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.

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  • 1 End racism // Apr 7, 2005 at 12.05 am

    Qamishli! Now that’s a familiar name! :) My gramma talks about it a lot. :)

    How big is the Kurds’ demand for Kurdistan?? Do they want a part of Syria too? I thought they claimed a part of Iraq and Turkey… Hmm.

  • 2 sasa // Apr 7, 2005 at 9.40 am

    Hi Marsden, have a look here.

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