Kurds Protest Exclusion From Syria's Constitutional Committee

Published October 3rd, 2019 - 09:38 GMT

Thousands of Kurds gathered in Syria’s northern Qamishli city, Wednesday to rally against "exclusion" from a United Nations-backed committee tasked with drafting a new constitution.

On September 23, the UN unveiled new formation of the committee which is said to include 150 members, split evenly between Syria's government, the opposition and Syrian civil society.

However, Protestors raised banners demanding the right for the Kurdish majority bodies to partake in reforming Syria’s constitution. Signs were reading “A constitution we don’t participate in drafting does not matter to us.” and "It's our right to participate in the drafting of the constitution".

 

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Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

A member of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Force stands guard during a demonstration in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over the Kurds exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

A member of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Force stands guard during a demonstration in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over the Kurds exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee.Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee.Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
A member of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Force stands guard during a demonstration in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over the Kurds exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee.Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
A member of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Force stands guard during a demonstration in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over the Kurds exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
A member of the Kurdish Internal Security Police Force stands guard during a demonstration in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over the Kurds exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee.Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
Syrian Kurds demonstrate in front of the United Nations offices in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on October 2, 2019 over their exclusion from the UN-backed constitutional committee.Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP
The United Nations on September 23 announced the long-awaited formation of the committee which includes the government and opposition, but it remained to be seen if the step could finally end the civil war. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP