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Democratic Society Congress / Kongreya Civaka Demokratîk

(Abbreviation: KCD/DTK)

Democratic Society Congress (DTK/KCD) was established with the founding congress held in October 26-29, 2007. The founding of the Congress was announced with Resolution Declaration issued on October 30th, 2007. Yüksel Genç and Hatip Dicle were elected as the first Co-Chairs. Later, both Ms. Genç and Mr. Dicle were arrested as part of the mass political genocide operations also known as KCK trials and kept imprisoned for a long period of time.

Aysel Tuğluk and Ahmet Türk were elected as Co-Chairs during the DTK General Assembly held on August 7-8, 2010. The “Resolution Manifesto” was declared following the regular meeting of the assembly that took place on July 13-14, 2011. The historical Manifesto stated that “We; as Kurdish people, based on universal human rights and founded upon Democratic Nation perspective, declaring Democratic Autonomy within the framework of respect for national unity and common citizenship of all peoples of Turkey.”

The following Ordinary Congress of DTK was held on 6-7 September, 2014; Selma Irmak and Hatip Dicle were elected as Co-Chairs. On March 26, 2016 Extraordinary Congress was held. Leyla Güven and Hatip Dicle became the Co-Chairs of DTK.

The 8th Ordinary Congress of DTK took place on September 16, 2017. Leyla Güven and Berdan Öztürk were elected to serve as the Co-Chairs of DTK and are still continue this duty.

GOALS

Democratic Society Congress (DTK) upholds that all peoples will be liberated through democratic confederalism. The Congress carries out social and political activities based on democratic-ecological-women liberation paradigm. The realization of this paradigm is possible with Democratic Autonomy. DTK with all its active bodies works towards democratic resolution of Kurdish question and realization of Democratic Autonomy. The Congress sees Democratic Autonomy not only as indispensable for solving the Kurdish question but also all societal conflict originating from “class society and system of nation-states”. DTK proposes Democratic Autonomy for all peoples of Turkey and Democratic Confederalism for the Middle East.

Democratic Autonomy will allow strengthening of ties of fraternity and unity of all peoples within existing borders and it is not about changing of borders of nation-states. It is a new social contract that will allow open a new era of relations between Turkish and Kurdish people bringing an end to the ongoing conflict. Since Democratic Autonomy is not a state-building or state-abolishing project it will be a helpful guiding principle for the regional states to bring an end to the Kurdish question within their existing borders. This characteristic allows for priori consensus on the state plus democracy formula with the nation states that will pave the way for emergence of conditions to live together.

DTK aims to protect rights and freedoms of all peoples of Turkey and Kurdistan. It struggles for elimination of all forms social, cultural, economical and political obstacles and to realize the concept of free citizenship. DTK upholds that wide range of societal problems can only be overcome through organized society. Based on this principle; DTK prioritizes strengthening of civil society struggle and through commissions works in neighborhoods, villages, districts and cities to develop such a culture of struggle.

DTK is a non-governmental, independent civil organization. It aims to protect rights and freedom of all beliefs, ethnic groups and peoples of Turkey and Kurdistan. The Congress struggles and stands against religious, national, ethnic, cultural and gender inequality and injustice. DTK stands against war and militarism.

Thus, DTK defends peoples’ right to peace. It sees freedom of thought and right to organize as indispensable.

DTK defends the right to self determination; “right of every nation to organize, decide and determine its own destiny”. The Congress upholds democratic legal system based on principles of peace and universal human rights against tragedies of war and conflict.

DTK supports and sees legitimate all forms of democratic activity and actions for economic, social, cultural, religious, gender rights and freedoms. For attaining and maintaining such rights and freedoms, the Congress organizes workshops, symposiums, conferences, mass rallies and demonstrations.

DTK in all its working commissions and bodies upholds and implements the principle of autonomous self organization of women and participation based on equal representation.

DTK forms and works through commissions to address societal and political needs.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE OF DTK

  • General Assembly (501 Delegates)
  • Co-Chairs (2 person/equal representation of women)
  • Executive Council (21 person)
  • Standing Commissions (15 commissions)
  • Education Commission
  • Diplomacy Commission
  • Ecology Commission
  • Economy Commission
  • Human Rights Commission
  • Women’s Commission
  • Political Affairs Commission
  • Social Reconciliation Commission
  • Peoples and Beliefs Commission
  • Youth Commission
  • Social Commission
  • Culture and Arts Commission
  • Health Commission
  • Science Commission
  • Law and Status Commission