Useful resources

Important documents and declarations of key institutions of North and East Syria can be read here

Background and General Information

Rojava: A Utopia in the Heart of Syria’s Chaos
‘From Qamishlo to Kobane, from Manbij to Raqqa, this story describes the difficult implementation of a new political experience in Syria, despite the obstacles of a the war and a suffocating embargo.’
Chris Den Hond and Mireille Court, July 2017
Here

Rojava – The Dream of the Kurds
‘With the major powers all using the Syrian conflict to further their own interests in the region, what future can independent, cosmopolitan Northern Syria hope for?’
Michael Enger, 2019
Here

Rojava Revolution, War and the Future of Syria’s Kurds
The history and politics of Syrian Kurdistan, with a special focus on the revolution in Rojava.
Thomas Schmidinger, 2018
Here

The Kurds of Northern Syria: Governance, Diversity and Conflicts
‘Sheds light on the socio-political landscape of this minority group and the various political factions vying to speak for them.’
Harriet Allsopp, Wladimir van Wilgenburg, 2019
Here

The Battle for the Mountain of the Kurds: Self-Determination and Ethnic Cleansing in the Afrin Region of Rojava
An account of the history and the present situation of the region, plus a number of interviews with local people from a variety of ethnicities, religions, political orientations, and walks of life.
Thomas Schmidinger, 2019
Here

Women in North and East Syria

Kurdistan: Girls at War
‘From Paris to Sinjar, Kurdish women are taking arms against Daesh [ISIS] and defending their people. A group of women who refuse to be victims or stand by whilst other women are victimised.’
Here

Syria: Rojava, the Revolution by Women
‘The Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, also known as Rojava, managed to free itself from Syria in 2011 during the upheaval of war. Since this revolution, won by both men and women, a peaceful society is forming where women have taken up leading roles in government and wider society.’
ARTE Documentary, 2019
Here

A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State
‘Recounts the dramatic, underreported history of the Rojava Kurds, whose all-women militia was instrumental in the perilous mountaintop rescue of tens of thousands of civilians besieged in Iraq.’
Meredith Tax, 2016
Here

Kongreya Star and its Committees
Brochure produced by Kongreya Star detailing the various committees and offices through which it conducts its work.
Kongreya Star Diplomatic Relations Committee, 2018
Here

Turkish invasion of Sere Kaniye and Tel Abyad

Report: Damning evidence of war crimes and other violations by Turkish forces and their allies, Amnesty International: Here

Report: Syria – Civilians Abused in ‘Safe Zones’
Summary Executions, Blocked Returns by Turkish-Backed Armed Groups, Human Rights Watch: Here

Afrin

Report: Turkey must stop serious violations by allied groups and its own forces in Afrin – Amnesty International: Here

Report on the displaced people from Afrin Canton in Shebha, Northern Syria, and surrounding areas – Democratic Self-Administration of Afrin: Here

Incident report: Intentional destruction of Religious Sites in Afrin – ASOR cultural heritage initiatives: Here

Reality Check: How many attacks did Turkey face from Afrin? – BBC: Here

Turkey and human rights:

Report: Journalists in northern Syria face intimidation and insecurity every day – Index on Censorship: Here

Special report: Turkey remains the world’s worst jailer of journalists – Committee for the Protection of Journalists: Here

Session on alleged violations of international law and international humanitarian law by the Turkish Republic and its officials in their relations with the Kurdish people and their organisations – Permanent People’s Tribunal, Italy: Here

Report on the human rights condition in South-East Turkey – Office of the United Nation High Commissioner of Human Rights: Here

General human rights briefing on Turkey’s worsening rights record – Human Rights Watch: Here