Rojava Conference at the European Parliament continues

The conference in solidarity with Rojava and against the Turkish occupation continued in the European Parliament.

Following the first two sessions of the conference, which started on Wednesday, the second day of the conference, opened this morning. 

The conference addressed the reasons of Turkish occupation, its consequences, the reasons why the international forces did not prevent the occupation, how they could react to the occupation, how the Turkish state committed crimes against the law, how the Rojava project could be protected and how the Syria crisis could be solved.

A place at the conference was also symbolically reserved for Kurdish woman politician Hevrin Xelef, who was brutally massacred by the Turkish state's barbaric gangs on 12 October.

The speakers included representatives from the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, European parliamentarians, academics, civil society representatives and journalists.

The legitimacy of terrorism and terrorist groups by the state will be addressed by Osama Suleiman, founder and director of the Syrian Human Rights Observatory.

Egyptian journalist Nashet Elheedy will discuss the aggressive interventions of the Turkish state in the Arab world.

Among the remarkable participants is Per Örneus, humanitarian ambassador at the Swedish Foreign Ministry. He will evaluate Europe and its attitude towards the Turkish occupation.

Former American diplomat and political adviser, Peter W. Galbraith, is expected to focus on what the occupation is like when seen under international law.

Professor Dr. David Graeber, will discuss the role of civil society for peace, Ilham Ehmed, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Democratic Council, will make assessments around the question, What kind of a solution to the Syrian conflict? ”

The first day saw two interesting sessions. Among the speakers was former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner who stressed that the Turkish occupation cannot be defined nothing but "barbarism".

He underlined his support for the Kurdish people, and added that what happened in northern and eastern Syria, cannot be explained in other way but barbarism.

Kouchner said that the simplest reason why the international forces and institutions remain silent against the occupation, is the fact that the Kurds do not have a state, he pointed out that the division among Kurds is a problem rooted in old colonialism and said that unity is very important.

Amelia Chelly talked of the relations between the Turkish state and ISIS.

The trial of the Turkish state for the crimes committed is one of the main demands of the conference that also asked the European Union to take a firm stance against the occupation attacks.