8 months ago
On Wednesday 4th December 2019, the University of
Kurdistan hosted a seminar for prominent author and sociologist İsmail Beşikçi on
the challenges and opportunities facing Rojava.
Beşikçi is a well-known author who has served several years
in prison for his publications, defending the rights of the Kurdish people throughout
the last few decades. He has authored 45 books and dozens of researches, mostly
concerning the Kurdish cause in Turkey and the Middle East.
Before the seminar started, the Chair of the Governing Board
of the University of Kurdistan, Professor Dr. Sherzad al-Najjar warmly welcomed
Beşikçi and voiced his happiness for having him in the university, and lauded him
for being a true friend of the people of Kurdistan.
Afterwards, the İsmail Beşikçi Foundation’s speech
was read by Rondik Barzani, Vice President of the Foundation in Erbil. She
highlighted how Beşikçi was the only voice defending the rights of the Kurdish
people in Turkey while the existence of the Kurds was denied.
Academics, officials, public figures, journalists and students gathered in the auditorium of the University to listen to Beşikçi’s
observations on the latest developments in Rojava, North East Syria.
In his seminar, Beşikçi discussed
the Kurdish cause in the Middle East and its roots, referring to the historic
aspects of the Kurdish struggle and the gains achieved thus far. He also
highlighted the importance of Kurdish unity to face the multilateral threats surrounding
The seminar was followed by a session of questions and
answers, before the Chair of the Governing Board awarded Beşikçi with the
Shield of the University of Kurdistan to appreciate his contributions to the