The Democratic Society Congress (DTK) is a platform of Kurdish associations and movements that has proclaimed democratic self-government. The 850 delegates of the DTK have first met on july 14, 2011 in Amed, the capital of North Kurdistan, while operations, arrests and attacks were going on in all of the Kurdish region and the so-called “KCK” operations had already started with the arrestation of thousands of politicians, activists, party members, civil society association members.

The Democratic Autonomy model was developed as a status so to sensitize the government towards democracy and find a solution to the Kurdish problem and as a response to the fact that the kurds were not recognised any social status and didn’t not want to live without a status anymore. The DTK called on the international community to recognize that right:

“In the light of international conventions on human, respect for the territorial integrity of a common land and the prospect of a democratic nation, we, the Kurdish people, pledge our Democratic Autonomy, as well as national commitment to unity of the peoples of Turkey” says the final declaration. The congress has implemented a plan and program for short, medium and long terms, articulated around 8 fields: Political, Legal, Self-Defense, Social, Economical, Cultural, Ecological and Diplomatical.

Indicating that democratic self-government is the natural system of all communities, the movement stresses that this autonomy is not intended to destroy a state and build another.

For the DTK, autonomy is not a democratic state system, but a system in which the Kurdish people could govern themselves.

“We are announcing our power and will to govern ourselves. Democratic autonomy is not for the Kurdish people alone, but is rather a model for a solution that will allow all of Turkey’s peoples to freely express their beliefs and culture.”

In this context, it was stated in the final document that:

“Democratic Autonomy, which is a unity in diversity, never means to build up a power against the power and the state. It means an organization of the society out of the state against being socialized and nationalized, in other words it means less state and more society. In this sense, democratic autonomy is in a process of a continuous development and construction just like a living organism. With a method of bilateral law, it designs and secures the state which will block its free development and legal structure”.

To express the situation once again in a very clear and open way: ‘

‘We have made the declaration of our social democratic solution model in the face of the statalist mentality and structures that impose a deadlock on all issues, on the Kurdish problem in particular. We project the autonomy for the Kurdish people and all peoples”. 

This decision of the Kurdish people and their the most legitimate and comprehensive enactment has initiated a new process and invited everyone to show its true colors in this process.

In addition, works will be continued to build and institutionalize the democratic autonomy regardless of the approaches and responses to this declaration of intention. “The struggle will continue to include this solution in the new constitution to be prepared.”