The Kurdish Future Movement is a liberal Kurdish opposition party and member of the Syrian National Council. The party calls for a civil, pluralistic, democratic state and for the recognition and participation of the Kurdish people as equal partners in Syria.

Major Figures

Mashaal Tammo: founder and former leader
Rezan Bahri Shaykhmus
: chairman of the Office of General Communications
Jangidar Muhammad
: rival chairman of the Office of General Communications

Background

Founded in 2005 by Mashaal Tammo, the Kurdish Future Movement belongs to the more radical wing of the Kurdish opposition. Along with the Yekiti and Azadi parties, it formed the Coordinating Committee in 2006, which joined the Syrian National Council in October 2011. However, it is at present the only Kurdish party remaining in the predominantly Arab Syrian National Council.

The Kurdish Future Movement has strong relations with Kurdish youth groups and has been actively involved in dissident demonstrations and protests since the beginning of the uprising. In fact, members of the Kurdish opposition have accused the Kurdish Future Movement of focusing excessively on the revolution, while failing to uphold and defend Kurdish interests.

In contrast to the majority of Kurdish parties in Syria, the Kurdish Future Movement does not see the Kurdish question as a regional matter. It doesn’t call for Kurdish self-determination but for full participation in the new government based on proportional representation, and it demands recognition of the Kurdish people as a main, rather than second, ethnicity in Syria.

Party founder and leader Mashaal Tammo was an eminent Kurdish politician, activist, and head of the Kurdish Youth Movement. He was assassinated in Syria in October 2011; suspicions lie with the Syrian government or Saleh Muslim Mohammed’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). On June 6, 2012, a group of members of the Kurdish Future Movement elected Jangidar Muhammad as the new Chairman of the Office of General Communications, the party’s leadership committee. This led to a split, as a rival group supporting Rezan Bahri Shaykhmus, the previous chairman, considered the internal election illegitimate.

Platform

Policy toward the crisis

  • Calls for external military intervention
  • Calls for arming the opposition
  • Rejects dialogue with the regime
  • Supports the Annan peace plan

Political objectives

  • Creation of a civil, pluralistic, democratic Syria
  • Recognition of the Kurdish people as a main ethnicity in Syria
  • Participation of the Kurdish people in Syrian affairs as equal partners