Foreign relations of Rojava

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The foreign relations of Rojava refers to the external relations of the Rojava self-proclaimed autonomous region in Syria. The region, consisting of three cantons (Afrin, Kobani and Jazira), follows a political system known as democratic confederalism and was formed in early 2014, as part of the Rojava Revolution. It is currently embroiled in the Syrian Civil War, a conflict that has caused the involvement of many different countries and international organizations in the area.

The Constitution of Rojava, which defines Rojava as an integral part of Syria and not a separate country, states that "the Autonomous Regions shall not interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries, and it shall safeguard its relations with neighboring states, resolving any conflicts peacefully." It also mandates, among other executive council bodies, a Body of Foreign Relations.[1]

Foreign relations of the Federation of Northern Syria - Rojava

Relations with UN member states

Demonstration for solidarity with Rojava, in Vienna, 2014
Rojava's Women's Protection Units cooperate with Special Operations Forces of the U.S. and other nations in the fight against ISIL

Relations with international organisations

Relations with international civil society

The socio-political transformations of the "Rojava Revolution" have inspired much attention in international media, both in mainstream media[63][64][65][66] and in dedicated progressive leftist media.[67][68][69][70][71]

Among the established international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in Rojava are Handicap International[72] and DanChurchAid,[73] while many established NGOs are deterred by the aggressive Turkish embargo policy. However, there are numerous purpose-built initiatives of international support for Rojava and people in Rojava as well as a considerable amount of freelance volunteers. The international volunteers with the People's Protection Units (YPG) self-defence militia have been widely reported on,[74][75][76] as to a lesser extent have the international volunteers with the Rojava Plan infrastructure-building initiative.[77]

A number of international NGOs help to support huge number of refugees who have fled to Rojava from other parts of Syria or from Iraq, while trying to keep a low profile for the aforementioned reason.[78]

Foreign relations of Rojava cantons

Seal of the Jazira Canton's Foreign Relations Board

Jazira Canton

In August 2016, the newly founded University of Rojava in Qamishli, established by the Jazira Canton Board of Education, concluded an agreement with Paris 8 University in France for cooperation.[79]

In 2016, talks about the establishment of a French cultural centre in the town of Amuda began.[80][81]

Kobanî Canton

In April 2015, the municipality of Rome, capital of Italy, has taken the decision to recognise the municipality of Kobani as a sister city.[82]

In September 2016, Kurdish Red Crescent opened a hospital in Kobanî under the name of "Kobani Hospital", their first hospital in Kobanî Canton, after many international organizations had given a helping hand as well as sending them special medical equipment, UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders in particurlar.[83]

See also


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