Univeristy threatens kurdish students

  180 Kurdish students are threatened shortly before their examination with a disciplinary action which could mean expulsion from the University. A letter written in Arabic from university authorities has reached the Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV) with a list of the names and faculties of the students who have been instructed to present themselves at the so-called “Disciplinary Committee”, which can recommend expulsion from the university. These young people are accused of causing disturbances. The GfbV fears that the students will be prevented from taking their final examinations because they belong to the Kurdish ethnic group. The human rights organisation has written to the embassies of the EU countries in Damascus with the request that they protest against the discrimination of the Kurdish students.

“The Syrian authorities constantly prevent members of the suppressed Kurdish ethnic group from qualifying for better-paid jobs and professions”, says the letter from the GfbV chair, Tilman Zülch. The approximately two million Kurds in Syria, which make up the majority of the population in three regions on the Syrian-Turkish border, are subject to discrimination and suppression. They are denied rights of culture and language. In the course of the policy of Arabisation of 1962, Syrian citizenship was withdrawn from some 120,000 Kurds. Together with their descendents, who likewise have no rights, their number has grown to about 300,000. The GfbV calls for the reinstatement of citizenship for these stateless people in their own country.


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How municipalities can turn peace and reconciliation work into something genuinely lasting?

We must build peace with justice, and that’s a job for everyone. Sometimes big governments talk of peace, but they actually work very little for it. So you have to work for peace with the people, the communities, cities, nations. In Belfast I believe we are all connected .

You said at the opening of the Donostia’s conference that your Belfast has changed a lot after the Good Friday agreement of 1998. How?

Fifteen years have passed. The first time I walked in the Belfast City Council as a councillor it was in 1987, and back then peace was a project. The big change since the 1994 IRA permanent ceasefire is that now in our city there is no more war. The end of the years of conflict has brought many benefits and some of them are related to the 1998 peace agreement. Now we have a government that is just and in which all parties are represented. Peace itself is rewarding, but sometimes it presents many challenges. It has brought improvements in labor, industry, tourism … this is a great reward for those who support the peace process, but I think there is work which still needs to be done and to be consolidated.

The clash between two communities was much harder in Ireland than in the Basque Country, for example. How do you transform all that negative energy into a positive one?

Although the intensity of the conflict was greater, the Basque Country’s conflict is also a great shadow for Europe. There have been many years of political conflict here, many people lost their lives. I think we should be positive all the time and always see the glass half full if we want peace to win. But peace requires progress, and I know the great difficulties there are in Euskal Herria. However, those who believe in peace achieved democratically, rather than violence, will be rewarded. In Belfast we follow that path to political change and get more benefits for our people. Time will help peace prosper, and even if a political segment is against peace, I think we will find more and more people interested in this cause.

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