KNC-NA 24th annual conference

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Kurdish National Congress of North America invites friends of Kurdistan to its 24th annual meeting:

Theme: National Reconciliation, a Vision Forward

Date: May 12-13, 2012

Location: Residence Inn Marriott, 333 E St. SW, Washington, DC 20024


• Introduction: Silence and Kurdistan’s national anthem

• Guest Speaker: KRG-US Relations by Mr. Alan Attoof, Director of Public Affairs, Kurdistan Regional Government’s Representation in the U.S.

Diaspora Panel

• “The Kurds in the United States; the Challenge of Reconciling Hyphenated Identities” by Dr. Azad Moradian (Human Right Activist, Los Angeles, CA)

• Kurdistan-U.S. Economical Ties by Mr. Ari Befeski (Investment Consultant, Dallas, TX)

• Kurdish Diaspora and Lobbying Efforts by Dr. Pary Qharadghi (Kurdish Human Right Watch, Washington DC)

Human Rights Panel

• The Price of Promoting Health and Human Rights in Kermashan, by Dr. Arash Alaei (Physician and former prisoner of conscience in Iran)

• In Depth Report on Persecution of Kurdish Activists in Iran Today by Ms. Gissou Nia (Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, New Haven, Connecticut)

• The Syrian Uprising and The Future of the Kurds by Dr. Mohammad Yussif (Human Rights Activist, London, England)

• Mr. Jake Hess, Journalist, "North Kurdistan: Human Rights and Recent Developments."

Unity Panel,

• “The Road to Achieve Kurdish National Right is Through Unity” by Dr. Asad Khailani (Professor of Informatics and Founder of KNC-NA, Ann Arbor, Michigan)

• Obstacles Towards Unity with a focus on Eastern Kurdistan by Ms. Golale Sharafkandi (Human Right activist in Sweden)

• The Status of Turkey and the Kurds In The Changing Middle East by Mr. Sinan Onal, BDP Representative from in US

• Unity and Political Principles of the Kurdish National Council by Dr. Ihsan Efrini (Board of Director, KNC-NA, Canada)

Reconciliation Panel

• "Kurdish National Reconciliation in Perspective” by Dr. Kirmanj Gundi (Professor of Education, Tennessee State University)

• “The Role of Education in Kurdish National Reconciliation" By Dr. Mohammad Sadik ( Educator, S-Kurdistan)

• National Reconciliation in Kurdistan and Its Impact on the Democratization in the Middle East by Mr. Aliashraf Moradi (Political Activist, Brussels, Belgium)

• "The Place of Nonviolent Resistance in the Kurdish Struggle for Political Rights." by Kani Xulam (Kurdish Information Network, Washington DC)

Reception and film

Letters and guest speakers

• Mr. Arash Saleh: Political Science Student, Rockefeller College University of Albany, The role of New Kurdish Social Movement in Iran during the past two decades

• Mr. Samuel Jordan, Washington DC

• Mrs. Soraya Falah, Human Right Activist, Los Angeles, CA

• Mr. Shamal Bishir, Political Activist, Sweden

• Hisiyar Ozsoy, Anthropologist and Sociologist, University of Michigan, Flint

Independence Panel,

• Obstacles Toward Independence by Dr. Kajal Rahmani, Faculty Middle Eastern Languages and Civilizations Harvard University.

• Independence Through Setting Higher Goals, by Dr. Faraydon Karim (Chief Technical Officer, NBCTR, Austin TX)

• The Role of Women by Ms. Farida Efrini (Law Student, University of Beirut)

• Building a Civil Society- Kurdistan as a Model by Dr. Rebwar Fatah (Founder of Kurdish Media, London, England)

KNC-NA Board of Directors Panel: Challenges, Achievements, and Future Goals

Conclusion and election of the next board

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