Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Middle East and North Africa (CINMENA)

The Middle East—long regarded as a tinderbox of tribal and religious conflicts—is also the world’s cradle of civilizations. As such, even today the Middle East is home to a remarkable rainbow of ancient nations, each wishing to safeguard its own distinctive linguistic, religious and cultural heritage as well as its own beloved homeland.

The Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Middle East and North Africa (CINMENA) is governed by principles including the following: 

Article 1—Membership

The Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Middle East Alliance is open to all nations of the Middle East (hereafter called the Parties) that:

  1. have organized social traditions, territory and a system of self-government;
  2. identify as indigenous;
  3. wish for autonomy; and
  4. agree with the founding principles of this Confederation.

Article 2—Peaceful Means

“The Parties undertake, as set forth in the Charter of the United Nations, to settle any international dispute in which they may be involved by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace and security and justice are not endangered.”

-CINMENA 2020 Treaty of Shingal
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The rise of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in the Middle East came to a head in 2014 with the emergence of the so-called Islamic State and its genocidal policies targeting Yezidis and other threatened minorities.

“Out of concern for collective self-protection, the Yezidi have pulled together with the Mandaeans, Shabak, Shia Kurds, Assyrians, and Zoroastrians in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere. We have made important diplomatic initiatives with states and indigenous nations. And we have taken significant steps toward negotiating a self-governing agreement with the Iraqi government.”

-Nallein Satana Al-Jilwah Sowilo, Co-Convener of CINMENA

The Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Middle East and North Africa (CINMENA) is an expanding bloc of non-aligned nations including:

  1. Abābdah Nation of Egypt and Sudan
  2. Afghan Hindu Congress
  3. Ahwaz Nation of Iran
  4. Al-Anbar-Al-Jolan
  5. Al-Dulaimi Tribal Confederation of Iraq
  6. Al-Qaddafa Tribe
  7. Albu-Nasral-Tikriti
  8. Amazigh Tribes of Libya
  9. Amazigh Confederation of North Africa
  10. Amazigh Kabyle of Algeria
  11. Amazigh Tribes of Egypt
  12. Amazigh Tribes of Mali
  13. Amazigh Tribes of Morocco
  14. Amazigh Tribes of Niger
  15. Amazigh Tribes of Tunisia
  16. Anazzah Tribal Confederation of Iraq
  17. East Kurdistan
  18. Ezidikhan Armenia
  19. Ezidikhan Georgia 
  20. Ezidikhan Iraq
  21. Ezidikhan Syria
  22. Ezidikhan Turkey
  23. Fallujah Tribal Confederation
  24. Ḥizb Al-Ba’aṯ Al-‘Arabī Al-Ištir Tribe of Iraq
  25. Idlib Druze-Domari Alliance of Syria
  26. Jahalin Bedouin Tribe of Palestine
  27. Jews of Morocco
  28. Kalash Chitral Indigenous Tribal Coalition
  29. Kam Assembly of Turkey
  30. Kawliya of Iraq
  31. Khuzestan
  32. Kirkuk Bayat Tribe
  33. Kurdish Republic
  34. Luristan
  35. Maʻdān Nation of Iraq & Iran
  36. Mandaeans of Iraq Iran & Syria 
  37. Mullagori Tribes of Pakistan and Afghanistan
  38. Nineveh Tribal Assembly of Iraq
  39. Nubians of Upper Egypt
  40. Palestinian Bedouin Nation of Israel and Jordan
  41. Qashqai Tribes
  42. Shabaks of Iraq
  43. Shammar Tribes of Iraq
  44. Sulukule (Roma) of Turkey
  45. Syrian Bedouin Confederation
  46. Tafsut Amazigh of Morocco
  47. Turkmen of Iran
  48. Turkmen of Syria
  49. Turkmeneli Nation of Iraq and Syria
  50. World Amazigh Congress
  51. Yarmouk Basin Nations
  52. Yarsan Nation of Iraq & Iran
  53. Zargari Nation of Iran
  54. Zagros Liberal Alliance of Iran
  55. Zoroastrians of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

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