24 Syrian organizations call for including Kurdish in annual Brussels conference

"Since the Brussels Conference aims to support the future of Syria, it should take the initiative towards acknowledging the multicultural, multilingual, and multi-ethnic composition of Syria's population."
Brussels has hosted the annual Brussels Conference for Syria since 2017 (Photo: ITF)
Brussels has hosted the annual Brussels Conference for Syria since 2017 (Photo: ITF)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Twenty-four Syrian organizations  called on Thursday for the inclusion of the Kurdish language in this year's Brussels Conference.

Since 2017, Brussels has hosted the annual Brussels Conference, which raises funds to support humanitarian operations in Syria and the region to help alleviate the ongoing crisis there. 

International delegations and figures representing stakeholders of the Syrian conflict, UN agencies, international institutions, and Syrian civil society organizations attend the annual event. 

"Since the Brussels Conference aims to support the future of Syria, it should take the initiative towards acknowledging the multicultural, multilingual, and multi-ethnic composition of Syria's population," the organizations said. 

"These steps would send positive messages to Syrians that the European Union (EU), as well as governments and organizations involved in the Conference, support diverse societies in general and Syria's in particular," they added. "Furthermore, an acknowledgment of Syria's diverse minority groups is the first step towards working towards a future in which all Syrians enjoy basic human rights despite decades of discrimination against its minorities."

"Allowing the use of mother tongue in Brussels Conference and other conferences would demonstrate inclusivity and ensure real and effective participation, helping minorities to feel like their role in finding solutions and implementing them is valued." 

Last year the Brussels conference was titled 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region' and was held on Mar. 29-30. The conference is expected to be held in April or May this year, but no official date has been announced yet.