March for Kurdish national unity from Lausanne to Geneva
The march is participated by over 100 artists, intellectuals, politicians, journalists, writers, academics and representatives of institutions and political parties from four parts of Kurdistan.
Over 100 artists, intellectuals, politicians, journalists, writers, academics and representatives of institutions and political parties from four parts of Kurdistan started the Kurdish National Unity March from Lausanne to Geneva.
A press statement was made to mark the launch of the two-day march at Place de Riponne, where the building in which the Treaty of Lausanne that divided Kurdistan into four parts was signed in 1923, is located.
A joint statement on behalf of the activists was read in Kurdish, French and English.
The statement said the following:
“We, representatives of institutions, parties, intellectuals, writers, artists, journalists, academics, Kurds, Syriac-Chaldean-Assyrians, Armenians, Turkmen, Christian, Alevi, Muslim, Yazidi, women in different political perspectives and as young people, have gathered today to carry out the national unity march from Lausanne to Geneva.
The winners of the First World War shared the Middle East region among themselves at the beginning of the 20th century. These colonialist states have been making vomiting blood to the people for a century by building satellite states connected to them despite the will of the people in order to dominate the region. In this division, they divided Kurdistan and Kurdish people into four and left them to the sovereignty of different countries. The agreement, which divided and divided Kurdistan, was signed on July 24, 1923 in Lausanne in the building we are standing in front of.
Divide and rule policies were tried to eliminate Kurdish people. The Kurds have been in constant resistance to this injustice and cruelty. Kurdish people have reached a deep national consciousness after 100 years of resistances and believe that they will get results with national unity in this century. Occupying powers of Kurdistan; Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria states, they are not as strong as they were, and they are facing with crucial problems. The current situation offers opportunities to all oppressed people, especially the Kurds. However, the colonialist forces are carrying on their policies of exterminating the Kurds with all their cruelty in front of the world. International institutions and great powers, such as the UN, which govern the world politics, remain silent. Just as the international forces remain largely indifferent to the ethnic cleansing initiated by the Republic of Turkey on 9 October in Northern and Eastern Syria / Rojava.
One of our aims in the march is to protest the invasion and ethnic cleansing of the Turkish State on Rojava since 9 October. To fulfill our responsibilities of international institutions, especially the United Nations, and to invite democratic circles and people to react. The aim of the Turkish government is to change the demographic structure of the region by invading other parts of Rojava, as it did during the occupation of Afrin in March 2018. The only target of this latest campaign of Turkish military aggression is not only the domestic Kurdish population; Arabs, Christians (Assyrian-Chaldean and Armenian), Turkmen, Chechens, Alevis and Yezidis are also suffering. In the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS), Syrian religious and ethnic minorities, including Yezidis and Christians, who have recently suffered genocide, are targeted by the Turkish armed forces and their jihadist mercenaries. Most members of these communities have left their homes and become refugees in their own countries.
The consequences of enduring the Turkish troops' invasion and occupation of Northern and Eastern Syria are terrible. As explained by Turkey's President Erdogan, ethnic cleansing, it is one of the main objectives of this ongoing campaign of military aggression against northern and eastern Syria. If the current Turkish military offensive campaigns are allowed, ethnic cleansing and genocide will be continued in the eyes of the world.
We are carrying out the Lausanne-Geneva March in order to call upon all international organisations and institutions especially UN to fulfill their obligations to prevent the ethnic cleansing and genocide of Arabs, Christians (Assyrian-Chaldean and Armenian), Turkmens, Chechens, Alevis and Yazidis of North and East Syria, along with Kurds.”
The demands of the activists for Kurdish national unity are as follows:
All organisations and parties in Kurdistan must meet and unite for unity.
Steps must be taken for a joint strategy, joint defense and joint diplomacy.
On this basis, we call upon intellectuals and artists to undertake a role fort he achievement of national unity.
The activists highlighted their demands from international institutions and public opinion as follows:
An immediate and unconditional withdraw of all Turkish forces and their jihadi allies from Northeast Syria, including Afrin.
The closure of the airspace to all fights (expect for humanitarian aid) in order to make sure the people are not attacked from the air.
The deployment of UN peace-keeping forces to the Turkish and Syrian border.
An official recognition of the Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria and the participation of its representatives in the Syrian Constitutional Committee organised by the United Nations.
A safe return of the displaced people of Rojava to their home with received compensation for the damage they have suffered.
A stop of arm sale to Turkey from the West in order to prevent the ethnic cleansing.
Boycotting Turkish tourism and manufactured goods which fund the Turkish war on the Kurds.
PARTICIPANTS OF THE MARCH
Ahmet Şego - Rojava Representative
Abdullah Demirbaş - Former mayor of Sur
Ali Baran - Artist
Ali Matur - KNK member
Ali Zülküf - Painter
Areş Yari – Artist from Rojhilat (East Kurdistan)
Azad Osman - Kurdistan Communist Party (Hîzbî Şûî) Foreign Relations Office member, Bashur (South Kurdistan)
Aziz Tunç - Writer/ MARDEF Co-chairperson
Abas Omer - PYD (Democratic Union Party)
Azad Abdulahresit - PUK (Patriotic Union of Kurdistan)
Bengî Agirî - Artist
Bahtyar Seyitxani - PUK Europe Representative
Bavê Heqî - PYD Representative
Basak Nuri Munich – Politician from Bashur
Bavê Şêro - PYD
Besime Konca - TJK-E (Kurdish Women’s Movement in Europe)
Beser Şahin - Artist
Cemal Zariya – Journalist from Rojhilat
Cano Şakir - Hevgirtina Rewşenbîrên Rojavayê Kurdistanê (HRRK)
Cemo Doğan - Artist
Cewad Merwani - Artist
Dersim - PYD
Devres Ferho – Brussels Kurdish Institute President
Diyar - Artist
Diyar Bekir - Politician from Bashur
Dr. Engin Sustam - Academic
Dr. Cengiz Güneş - Academic
Dr. Rigrag - Tevgêra Nûjen
Dr. Sedat Ulugane - Academic
Doc. Çetin Gürer - Academic
Ebdulbaqî Essed - MAF(Saziya Mafên Mirovan-Sûriya) President
Eimad Nuri Ali Nonerê Başûr Siuy-Ewrupa Kurdistan
Emin Dilmaç - CİK
Emele - Artist
Faruk Semedi - Nûneré hizba demokrata kurdistan PDK(KDP) Rojhilat
Fatma Şık – Former Co-mayor of Sur Municipality
Fatoş Göksungur - KCDK-E Co-chair
Faysal Sarıyıldız - Former HDP MP
Fergin Melik Aykoç - Düsseldorf Kurdish Institute Lecturer and writer
Fereydûn Kuncirini - Politician from Bashur
Ferid Efrînî - Artist
Firat Imirza - Artist
Fikret İgrek - Shengal Diaspora Assembly Co-chair
Firaz Baran – Journalist/Writer
Faruk Muhsinoglu - KNK member
Ferit Efrin – Film-maker
Günay Aslan – Journalist/writer
Goran Hama - Politician from Bashur
Goran Babali - Gorran
Hejar Nuri Feqa - Suei Kurdistan Europe
Hatice Altınışık - HDP
Hemid Bahoz – Artist and NCÊ administrator
Hekim Sefkan - Artist
Hasan Muhammed - Gorran
Hüseyin Alataş - KKP
Hüseyin İçli - KKP
Hikmet Serbilind - Kurdistan Islamic Party (PÎK) Chairperson
Hüseyin Erkan - Tevgere Kawa Europe Representative
Hüseyin Torun - Writer
Hoshyar Abdullah - Politician from Bashur
İbrahim Ali - CİK
İbrahim Alipur PJAK (Free Life Party of Kurdistan) Europe Representative
Idris Bagok – Artist and NCÊ Representative
Kemal Bilgit - KKP
Karez Xelifan - Ciwan Basure Kurdistan
Kawa Nemir Poet- Theater player
Kawa - Artist
Kawa Urmiye - Artist
Lami Özgen – Former co-chair of KESK (Confederation of Public Workers' Trade Unions)
Leyla Birlik - HDP former MP
Lezgin Botan - HDP former MP
Mahzar Zumrut - Dusseldorf Kurdish Institute President
Mehmet Yaşar - KKP
Mehmet Söğüt - Writer
Mehemed Heci - CİK
Meren Merewdali - Gorran Europe
Muzaffer Küçükyıldız - PKAN (Central Anatolian Kurds Platform) Representative
Nursel Aydoğan - HDP former MP
Necibe Karacdagi - Tevgera Azadi
Nebez Abdullah Rasul - Politician from Bashur
Nadia Muzuri - Politician from Bashur
Newroz Qadir - Politician from Bashur
Nejdet Atalay – Former Mayor of Batman
Nezehat Ergüneş - Former Mayor of Bostanici
Omid Baban Kurdistan Communist Party (Hîzbî Şûî) Foreign Relations Office Member
Ozan Emekçi - Artist
Refik Abdulah - Gorran Europe Representative
Refiq Xefûr - KNK (Kurdistan National Congress) Executive Council Member
Réwi Rédur Sanatçı – NÇÊ Co-chair
Reber Dosky – Director
Rizan Yusuf - YES Europe Representative
Ronak Ahmet - KNK Representative
Sabri Eryigit - PÎK Europe Representative
Suzan Samancı - Writer
Seyitxan - Artist
Soran Ali – PUK Europe
Şemdin - Artist
Songül Çelik - FEDA
Şiwan Perver - Artist
Sibel Yiğitalp - HDP former MP
Şevket Bakan - KNK
Peywan Arjîn Artist
Pir Rüstem Writer
Vıyan Mayi - Director
Yıldız Hane - PYD-Women
Yüksel Koç - KCDK-E Co-chair
Yusuf Yeşilöz – Writer/ Screenwriter
Yurdusev Özsökmenler – Former Mayor of Bağlar
Zehra Dogan – Journalist/Artist
Zahir Loran - Artist
Zozan Dêrik - PYD
Zübeyir Aydar - KNK Executive Board Member
Xebat Şakir - PYD
Xelil Xemgin - Artist
Xebat Dhoki - Artist