New World Summit—Rojava, part I
16-17 Oct. 2015, Dêrik, Canton Cizîrê, Rojava
I Democratic Confederalism
Democratic Union Party (PYD), Rojava
The unique political model that has been established in Rojava from 2012 onwards is called “democratic confederalism,” and was theoretically developed by revolutionary Abdullah Öcalan. He describes this model as a form of “democracy without the state.” This model of stateless democracy takes notions of self-government, voluntary association, cultural and religious diversity, gender equality and communal economy as its points of departure.
The Democratic Union Party (PYD) is a political party established in 2003 by Kurdish activists in Rojava. The PYD came under intensified persecution in the aftermath of the March 2004 Kurdish uprising across Rojava. The Syrian government saw the party as a particular threat due to its ability to mobilize large masses, and suspected it of organizing numerous demonstrations. With the outbreak of anti-government demonstrations across Syria in early 2011, the PYD took a leading role in building the autonomous Democratic Self-Administration and building coalitions between the diverse peoples of the Rojava region. As part of the Movement for a Democratic Change (TEV-DEM) coalition, the PYD collaborates with other political parties and grass roots movements in further developing self-rule in all domains of political, economic and social life.
Amina Osse is the chair of the committee of Foreign Affairs of the Cizîrê canton of Rojava since 2014. Osse is a member of the party leadership of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) since 2012 and chair of the public relations office of the PYD. As such she represented the PYD in several international peace conferences, amongst others in the Syrian Opposition Conferences in Cairo and Moscow in the summer of 2015. Osse co-conceptualized the new parliament currently being built in the city of Dêrik, Cizîrê canton, in collaboration with the New World Summit.
The New World Summit: Rojava, part I took place in the cultural centre Tev-Cand in Dêrik, Canton Cizîrê, Rojava on 16-17 October 2015. The summit was chaired by Judy Osse. Amina Osses lecture was subtitled by Cihad Hammy.