Kurdish National Congress of North America 22nd Annual Conference

Division of Kurdistan: Its Impact on the Unity of Kurdish National Psyche 

San Diego State University, San Diego CA June 4-6, 2010 

Friday, June 4th 

Introduction ~ Flag Raising Ceremony ~ Singing of the Kurdish National Anthem: Ay Raqib 

Panel: Youth Panel Moderator: Mr. Luqman Barwari 

Mr. Sarouj Aprahami – Armenian Youth Organization 

Mr. Aprahami provided an overview of the activities of Armenian organizations in North America, including youth organizations. He discussed importance of retaining the language. A lively Q&A included focus on the similarities and differences between the Armenian and Kurdish cultures in No. America as well as on Armenian organizations in Diaspora and their relationship with the Armenian government. 

Ms. Nuha Sarraj – Kurdish American Youth Organization (KAYO) and KYC 

Ms. Sana Ameen – Kurdish American Youth Organization (KAYO) and KYC 

Speaker: Mr. Nyma Ardalan 

Mr. Ardalan discussed the recent Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Conference in Brussels. Mr. Ardalan presented a statement from Judge Ralph Fertig of Los Angeles, a human rights honoree at the Conference who was unable to attend the Brussels event… (need to expand on this, incl “Human Rights Law Project”) 

KNC Affairs / Open Session Moderator: Mr. Tom Ver Ploeg 

Treasurer’s Report: Mr. Azad Moradian, KNC Treasurer 

Q&A Panel – KNC Board of Directors 

Please join us at 7:30PM for the Banquet & Awards Presentation Reservations required 

Saturday, June 5th 

Registration/MC – Mrs. Soraya Fallah & Mr. Luqman Barwari 

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Conference Committee Chair: Mr. Tom Ver Ploeg 

Letters from Kurdish Organizations 

Speaker: Mr. Azad Moradian – “Strategies and Tactics for a New Era” 

Panel: Halabja/Anfal Committee Moderator: Dr. Kirmanj Gundi, Committee Chair Mr. Ken McCallion, Attorney Dr. Saman Shali, member Mr. Mar’an Abdullah, member Mr. Mohammad Aziz, member 

Panel: Challenges before the Kurdish national struggle Moderator: Mr. Issa Mossa Mr. Nazmi Gur, Washington BDP Representative 

A total of 6 Kurdish parties have been closed down by Turkish Government in the past 20 years and DTP was the last party that was closed down earlier in 2010, and BDP is the current active Kurdish party and it il under tremendous pressure from Turkish authorities and not without its share of legal troubles 

Dr. Faraydon Rahmani, Greater Kurdish House of Toronto, Canada 

Kurdish House of Toronto has a diverse Board of Directors which includes 4 individual from Nothern Kurdistan, 4 from Southern Kurdistan and 3 from Eastern Kurdistan. 

Mr. Norman Leonard, SDSU: “The factors that contribute to a sense of nation – linguistic and cultural and political unity (preservation), and personal identity as a Kurd” Presentation 

Has started 9 community-based language schools. Preservation of language is critical. Need greater Internet access throughout Kurdistan, including and especially the universities. Dr. Faraydon Karim, “Past and emerging problems in Kurdistan” Presentation 

Speaker: Dr. Kamal Artin 

“The Impact of Partition, Behavior, Culture, and Trauma on Kurdistan” Presentation 

Presidential Address – Dr. Kirmanj Gundi, KNC President “Division of Kurdistan: Its Impact on the Unity of Kurdish National Psyche” Speech 

Panel: Kurdish Human Rights Moderator: Ms. Soraya Fallah Dr. Kajal Rahmani, “That was then, and This is now: A comparative study of systematic treatment of Kurds as second class citizens, and denials of their basic human rights during 5 decades” Mr. Ihsan Mostafa, Syrian occupied Kurdistan Mr. Jaff Ghafoor, Iraqi occupied Kurdistan Ms. Soraya Fallah, “Kurdish Human Rights in Iran” Mr. Luqman Barwari, “Human rights violations and Kurdish initiative in Turkey” 

Special Guest: Honourable Jim Kirgyannis—Member, Canadian Parliament 

Halabja motion before the Canadian Parliament 

Panel: Former KNC Presidents Moderator: Dr. Kirmanj Gundi 

Dr. Asad Khailani Dr. Najmaldin Karim Dr. Fouad Darwesh Dr. Hikmat Fikrat Dr. Saman Shali 

Please join us to Please join us to watch a new documentary film: 

“More than the Mountains” 

Sunday, June 6th 

Election Committee: proposed changes to the Constitution Moderator: Mr. Tom Ver Ploeg Mr. Gavan Azboy Kirmanj Gundi 

Election Committee: Counting the votes and announcement of the election of the new Board of Directors Moderator: Mr. Tom Ver Ploeg Mr. Gavan Azboy Dr. Kirmanj Gundi 

Closing of the conference with “Ay Raqeeb”

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *