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

Intensifying global competition over natural resources increasingly makes indigenous communities, who act to protect their traditional lands and territories, targets of persecution by State and non-State actors. Indigenous leaders and community members, who voice opposition to development or investment projects from extractive industries or large infrastructure projects like hydro-power are often subjected to criminalisation, harassment, threats, violent attacks and even murder.

The Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Middle East and North Africa (CINMENA) unites and serves a host of Indigenous nations from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Subcontinent with the shared objective of restoring peace and stability here where the world most needs it.

The Yezidi are a distinct people, not to be confused with Kurds. Their territory is Ezidikhan, the ancient homeland of Yezidi…not Kurds

Indigenous Nations of the Middle East
The Middle East and North Africa is home to a wide spectrum of ancient Indigenous nations.

The Marsh Dwellers (Arabs) continue to live in the marshlands of Southern Iraq, but their numbers have decreased hugely in the past ten years, as high numbers were persecuted by the Saddam Hussain regime. They still suffer prejudice, and there is no legislation in place to support them.

The Jahalin Bedouin of West Bank (Palestine) live in rural areas around Bethlehem and Jerusalem, an area now identified as Occupied Palestinian Territory. They are a displaced people, and their makeshift villages are continually moved and destroyed.

Assyrian peoples are also indigenous to areas which are now parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. They have suffered in history due to numerous events, most recently as a result of the Iraq war.  Unlike many other indigenous peoples of the world, these groups in the Middle East remain unrecognised and unsupported by their own countries or international law, in an area of unresolved conflict.

Confederation of Indigenous Nations of the Middle East and North Africa.

CINMENA signatory nations to ICRIN

(includes each nation’s ICRIN ratification document.)

  1. Abābdah Nation of Egypt and Sudan
  2. Adnanite Anazzah Tribe of Iraq
  3. Afghan Hindu Congress
  4. Ahwaz Nation of Iran
  5. Al-Anbar-Al-Jolan
  6. Al-Dulaimi Tribal Confederation of Iraq
  7. Al-Qaddafa Tribe
  8. Albu-Nasral-Tikriti
  9. Amazigh Tribes of Libya
  10. Amazigh Confederation of North Africa
  11. Amazigh Kabyle of Algeria
  12. Amazigh Tribes of Egypt
  13. Amazigh Tribes of Mali
  14. Amazigh Tribes of Morocco
  15. Amazigh Tribes of Niger
  16. Amazigh Tribes of Tunisia
  17. Anazzah Tribal Confederation of Iraq
  18. Bani Murra Romas of Jordan
  19. Bidoon tribes of Iraq and Kuwait
  20. Confederation of Roma Tribes of the Middle East
  21. Domari Confederation of the Middle East
  22. East Kurdistan
  23. Ezidikhan Armenia
  24. Ezidikhan Georgia 
  25. Ezidikhan Iraq
  26. Ezidikhan Syria
  27. Anatolian Ezidikhan
  28. Fallujah Tribal Confederation
  29. Ḥizb Al-Ba’aṯ Al-‘Arabī Al-Ištir Tribe of Iraq
  30. Idlib Druze-Domari Alliance of Syria
  31. Jahalin Bedouin Tribe of Palestine
  32. Jews of Morocco
  33. Kalash Chitral Indigenous Tribal Coalition
  34. Kam Assembly of Turkey
  35. Khuzestan
  36. Kirkuk Bayat Tribe
  37. Kurdish Republic
  38. Laz Tribal Nation
  39. Luristan
  40. Maʻdān Nation of Iraq & Iran
  41. Mandaeans of Iraq Iran & Syria 
  42. Marsh Arab Tribal Nation
  43. Mullagori Tribes of Pakistan and Afghanistan
  44. Nineveh Tribal Assembly of Iraq
  45. Nubians of Upper Egypt
  46. Pashtun Tribes of Afghanistan
  47. Qashqai Tribes
  48. Rashaida Tribe of Bedouin Arabs
  49. Salahadin Tribe of Iraq
  50. Shabaks of Iraq
  51. Shammar Tribes of Iraq
  52. Sulukule (Roma) of Turkey
  53. Syrian Bedouin Confederation
  54. Tafsut Amazigh of Morocco
  55. Tuareg Tribes of North Africa
  56. Turkmen Tribes of Afghanistan
  57. Turkmen of Iran
  58. Turkmen of Syria
  59. Urugati Tribal Nation
  60. World Amazigh Congress
  61. Yarmouk Basin Nations
  62. Yarsan Nation of Iraq & Iran
  63. Yezidi Supreme Spiritual Council
  64. Zargari Nation of Iran
  65. Zagros Liberal Alliance of Iran
  66. Zoroastrians of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India
  67. Zuwayya Tribal Nation

Restoring Peace and Stability to the Middle East