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. Bani Murra Romas of Jordan
  18. Confederation of Roma Tribes of the Middle East
  19. Domari Confederation of the Middle East
  20. East Kurdistan
  21. Ezidikhan Armenia
  22. Ezidikhan Georgia 
  23. Ezidikhan Iraq
  24. Ezidikhan Syria
  25. Ezidikhan Turkey
  26. Fallujah Tribal Confederation
  27. Ḥizb Al-Ba’aṯ Al-‘Arabī Al-Ištir Tribe of Iraq
  28. Idlib Druze-Domari Alliance of Syria
  29. Jahalin Bedouin Tribe of Palestine
  30. Jews of Morocco
  31. Kalash Chitral Indigenous Tribal Coalition
  32. Kam Assembly of Turkey
  33. Kawliya of Iraq
  34. Khuzestan
  35. Kirkuk Bayat Tribe
  36. Kurdish Republic
  37. Luristan
  38. Maʻdān Nation of Iraq & Iran
  39. Mandaeans of Iraq Iran & Syria 
  40. Mullagori Tribes of Pakistan and Afghanistan
  41. Nineveh Tribal Assembly of Iraq
  42. Nubians of Upper Egypt
  43. Palestinian Bedouin Nation of Israel and Jordan
  44. Pashtun Tribes of Afghanistan
  45. Qashqai Tribes
  46. Rashaida Tribe of Bedouin Arabs
  47. Salahadin Tribe of Iraq
  48. Shabaks of Iraq
  49. Shammar Tribes of Iraq
  50. Sulukule (Roma) of Turkey
  51. Syrian Bedouin Confederation
  52. Tafsut Amazigh of Morocco
  53. Turkmen Tribes of Afghanistan
  54. Turkmen of Iran
  55. Turkmen of Syria
  56. Turkmeneli Nation of Iraq and Syria
  57. World Amazigh Congress
  58. Yarmouk Basin Nations
  59. Yarsan Nation of Iraq & Iran
  60. Yezidi Supreme Spiritual Council
  61. Zargari Nation of Iran
  62. Zagros Liberal Alliance of Iran
  63. Zoroastrians of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

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