Syrian Kurdish party calls on Rojava Administration to release all political prisoners

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PYD-affiliated Asayish security forces in Syria's Qamishli. File photo

ARA News

The Kurdish National Council (KNC) on Monday called on the Rojava Administration’s Asayish forces to release all political prisoners, after the Asayish arrested another KNC-member in Afrin, in Syria’s northwestern Aleppo province.

Abdul Rahman Apo, a member of the Central Committee of the KNC-linked Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S), was arrested and taken to an unknown destination. Moreover, Rodi Ismail Ibrahim, a member of the Yekiti party in Tel Abyad, was also arrested on 26 June.

Also, the KDP-S member Saad Karmo al-Sino was captured on 28 June in an armed raid by the Asayish in a village close to Derbisiye town, in Hasakah province.

“These unfair practices of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) [which leads the Rojava Self-Administration] towards the leaders and cadres of the Kurdish National Council and its parties through a long series of terrorist acts is primarily aimed at targeting the KNC’s national project in the Kurdistan of Syria, and its approach to the policy of repression and threats and closing mouths is only conclusive evidence of its political failure at international and local level,” the KNC said.

The KNC called for the release of all its members including Mohsen Taher, a leading member of the KNC, Ali Tammi, a member of the Kurdish Future Movement, and activists and journalists Ali Ahmed and Barzan Hussein, a journalist for the pro-Kurdistan Democratic Party station Zagros TV.

Salih Muslim, the PYD’s co-Chair, in a speech in the UK parliament in November denied there were any political prisoners and insisted that anyone can legally work in northern Syria, after they touch base with the local self-administration.

“There are two parties that are staying in Istanbul and taking orders from the foreigners and refusing to ask for permission to work in Rojava legally,” Muslim said, in reference to the KNC’s affiliates. “If you want democracy, we all need to work together.”

Moreover, Gharib Hesso, the PYD representative in Iraqi Kurdistan region, accused the Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) –which supports the KNC– of harassing and imprisoning supporters of the PYD in the Kurdistan region. “Maybe 10 persons are in prisons in Hewler and Duhok,” he said.

The Kurdish National Council is backed by President Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). The Democratic Union Party (PYD), on the other hand, is backed by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The PYD is widely considered to be the leading Kurdish party in northern Syria, having filled the vacuum that emerged after the withdrawal of the Syrian military, early in the 6-year-old crisis.

So far, the KNC and PYD have not been able to share power in northern Syria, and have been working at cross-purposes since the Duhok Agreement fell apart in October 2014. While the PYD has repeatedly accused the KNC of working for Turkey, the KNC has accused the PYD of working with the Syrian government.

Source: ARA News

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