The following declaration was read in English, Russian and Kurdish  in the PressClub Brussels on 5.9.2017 to journalists from several countries:

Kurdish organizations in Europe demand a Kurdish state

The people in South Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) will vote in a referendum on independence on 25 September 2017. The referendum will apply to the entire territory of the Iraqi Kurdistan, including the Sinjar Mountains and the important city of Kirkuk. Almost all political parties as well as representatives of the religious and ethnic minorities support this plan.

The 100-year-old artificial frontier in Iraq, based on the Sykes-Picot Agreement, has mainly brought suffering, expulsion and religiously motivated persecution. The images of gassed children and women under Saddam Hussein are still anchored in the collective consciousness. Hundreds of thousands of people were murdered under the Baath regime. The people in South Kurdistan no longer have confidence in Iraq. In all likelihood, therefore, an overwhelming majority will vote for independence.

Also the Iraqi central government after the times of the Baath regime is not in a position to guarantee the freedom and security of the people in South Kurdistan. It has not been able to prevent the recent advance of the so-called Islamic State and the religious war between Sunnis and Shiites. The result was that for example thousands of Ezidi girls and women were kidnapped, raped and slaughtered. Two million refugees had to flee to the war-torn South Kurdistan region, further exacerbated the existing economic crisis there and confronted the Kurdish Regional Government with insurmountable challenges.

Moreover, the Iraqi central government is also not fulfilling its obligations under the Constitution. For example, Article 140 provides for a referendum on the status of Kirkuk. However, the article is not implemented. Baghdad has not transferred Kurdistan’s share of the national budget for years, and the Kurdistan Regional Government is therefore unable to pay the salaries of state officials and make necessary investments. Unemployment has risen rapidly.

In addition, the Kurds have made sacrifices in the First and Second Gulf War and have proved their worth in the fight against the Islamic state as a reliable partner of the civilized world. Over the last decades they have developed a political model that assures equality of treatment for different ethnic and religious groups as well as for women and men. As a sovereign state Kurdistan would continue making a significant contribution to peace and stability in the region and work closely with Iraq.

Against this background, the people in Kurdistan see no alternative to using their self-determination right. The self-determination right of peoples according to Article 1.2 of the UN Charter is one of the fundamental rights of international law. It states that a nation has the right to freely decide its political status, its form of government and its economic, social and cultural development. South Kurdistan would be viable in the event of the founding of the state thanks to its natural resources.

As Kurdish organizations in Europe, we call on the central government of Iraq, the neighbouring states of Kurdistan, the permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany, the European Union, and the United Nations to recognize the outcome of the Kurdish referendum and to respect the international right of the Kurds to their own state.

Signing associations and organizations in alphabetical order:

 

  1. Association BauLeben, Germany
  2. Association for Culture Kurdistan Südbaden, Germany
  3. Association for Solidarity of Syrian Kurds, Germany
  4. Association Komela Rengin Düsseldorf, Germany
  5. Association of Culture and Kurdish Workers in Switzerland – KOMKAR –Swiss, Switzerland
  6. Association of Ezidis on the Lower Rhine from Kalkar, Germany
  7. Association of Kurdish culture and art in Sweden – KOMKAR Swed, Sweden
  8. Association of Kurdish Culture and Integration Helin, Germany
  9. Association of Kurdish Jurists and Lawyers in Switzerland, Switzerland
  10. Association of Kurdish Migrants – KOMKAR Basel, Switzerland
  11. Association of Young Kurds – KOMCIWAN Swiss, Switzerland
  12. Association of Young Kurds in Sweden- KOMCIWAN Swed, Sweden
  13. Association Ronahi from the Saratow Region, Russia
  14. Center for Kurdish Culture and Education Cologne, Germany
  15. Confederation of Kurdish Associations in Europe – KOMKAR EU, Germany
  16. Congress of Kurdish Associations from the former Soviet Union, Russia
  17. Ezidi-European Society, Germany
  18. Federation of Kurdish Associations in Denmark, Denmark
  19. German-Kurdish Medical Initiative in Germany, Germany
  20. Hevalti – Friends of the Kurds in Ostfriesland/ KOMKAR Leer, Germany
  21. Hêvî, Belgium
  22. Hevkar, Germany
  23. KOMCIWAN Bremen, Germany
  24. KOMCIWAN Kurdish Children and Youth Association Mannheim, Germany
  25. KOMCIWAN Kurdish Children and Youth Federation, Germany
  26. KOMCIWAN North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany
  27. KOMCIWAN Rhein-Ruhr Region, Germany
  28. Komela – Kurdan/Kurdish Association / KOMKAR Bremen, Germany
  29. KOMJIN Federation of Women from Kurdistan, Germany
  30. KOMKAR Copenhagen – Denmark
  31. KOMKAR Federation of Kurdish Associations in Germany, Germany
  32. KOMKAR German-Kurdish Friendship Association Duisburg, Germany
  33. KOMKAR Hamburg – Kurdish Center for Education and Integration in Hamburg, Germany
  34. KOMKAR International Association for Culture Wuppertal, Germany
  35. KOMKAR Mannheim – Mala Gele Kurd/Kurdish People´s Center, Germany
  36. KOMKAR Nürnberg – Kurdistan Center for Culture Nürnberg, Germany
  37. KOMKAR Stuttgart German-Kurdish Culture and Education Society, Germany
  38. Kurdish Center for Culture, Germany
  39. Kurdish Children and Youth Federation KOMCIWAN, Germany
  40. Kurdish Community (“Midiya”), Kyrgyzstan
  41. Kurdish Community in St. Petersburg (“Yekiti”), Russia
  42. Kurdish Community Schweinfurt, Germany
  43. Kurdish Democrats in Germany (Dem-Kurd), Germany
  44. Kurdish People´s Center, Germany
  45. Kurdish-European Forum, Germany
  46. Kurdish-European Law Society, Germany
  47. Kurdish-European Society Suisse, Switzerland
  48. Kurdish-European Society, Germany
  49. Kurdish-Kazakh Friendship Association (“Hevi”), Kazakhstan
  50. Kurdish-Russian Friendship Association (“Erez”) from Stawropol, Russia
  51. Kurdistan-Israel Friendship Association International, Germany
  52. Maak Association, Germany
  53. Organisation for Autonomy for Kurds, Russia
  54. Raman University Group, Germany
  55. Union of Cooperation with the Kurdish Nation, Russia
  56. Union of the Kurdish Community in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan
  57. Union of Youth and Friendship of Peoples, Russia
  58. YASA-Kurdish Center for Studies & Legal Consultancy, Germany