Original article by Kamal Sheikho and Asharq Al-Awsat.
Syria’s northeastern town of Amuda hosted a forum where foreign and Arab researchers participated to discuss the future of Syria’s East Euphrates region after the defeat of the ISIS terrorist group.
The Rojava Information Center is taking part in the three-day “International Forum on ISIS” alongside 125 other guests that include academics, researchers and politicians from 15 different countries, including the United States.
Organizers announced that they were keen on having Syrian people from all backgrounds participate so that it is revealed out in the open what ISIS had done to Syrian Kurds.
According to the Rojava Information Center, the forum primarily aims to shed light on crimes committed by ISIS against humanity, women, the environment and historical places by providing reports and documents supported by footage.
It also looks to reviewing terrorism objectively and addressing its repercussions on both local and foreign levels according to international laws and conventions.
It will also examine the fate of ISIS post its military and territorial defeat and measures to prevent its re-emergence.
Kurdish factions have been calling for de-centralized governance in Syria.
Kurdish political parties say they account for about 12 percent of the overall pre-Syrian war population, which was 23 million before 2011.
The Kurds have over the decades been the victims of marginalization and national discrimination in Syria, which peaked from the 80s till 90s. They were even barred from speaking their own language in official circles and institutions.
The opposition Kurdish National Council was formed in 2011 with the eruption of the anti-regime uprising. It included political factions and independent figures and demanded constitutional recognition of the Kurdish identity and people living in Syria.
“We call upon international bodies and Syrian authorities to exert pressure on the ruling regime to accept a political solution to put an end to the current situation in the country through implementing international resolutions,” Syria-based Kurdish politician Faisal Yusuf told Asharq Al-Awsat.