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 nations include:

(Hyperlinked to each nation’s ICRIN ratification document.)

  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. Anatolian Ezidikhan
  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. Khuzestan
  34. Kirkuk Bayat Tribe
  35. Kurdish Republic
  36. Luristan
  37. Maʻdān Nation of Iraq & Iran
  38. Mandaeans of Iraq Iran & Syria 
  39. Mullagori Tribes of Pakistan and Afghanistan
  40. Nineveh Tribal Assembly of Iraq
  41. Nubians of Upper Egypt
  42. Palestinian Bedouin Nation of Israel and Jordan
  43. Pashtun Tribes of Afghanistan
  44. Qashqai Tribes
  45. Rashaida Tribe of Bedouin Arabs
  46. Salahadin Tribe of Iraq
  47. Shabaks of Iraq
  48. Shammar Tribes of Iraq
  49. Sulukule (Roma) of Turkey
  50. Syrian Bedouin Confederation
  51. Tafsut Amazigh of Morocco
  52. Turkmen Tribes of Afghanistan
  53. Turkmen of Iran
  54. Turkmen of Syria
  55. World Amazigh Congress
  56. Yarmouk Basin Nations
  57. Yarsan Nation of Iraq & Iran
  58. Yezidi Supreme Spiritual Council
  59. Zargari Nation of Iran
  60. Zagros Liberal Alliance of Iran
  61. Zoroastrians of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India

Restoring Peace and Stability to the Middle East