The Syrian National Coalition said that the Russian aggression against Syria has worsened the situation in Syria and led to an increase in the scale of crimes against civilians.
In a press release marking the fourth anniversary of the Russian direct military intervention in Syria, the Coalition said that the Russian option in favor of the Assad regime and in the face of the aspirations and rights of the Syrian people has been a clear option since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution.
“Russia’s political stances and its direct military intervention were not only a form of support for the regime, but a major element in escalating the situation on the ground as it led to unprecedented level of escalation, criminality and displacement,” said the Coalition.
The Coalition cited reports by rights groups which detailed figures of the results of this intervention since day one. According to these reports, the Russian occupation is responsible for the destruction of at least 201 schools, 190 medical centers, and the targeting of 56 popular markets. These attacks claimed the lives of at least 6,686 people, including 1,928 children and 808 women as well as displaced 3.3 million people out of their homes. The real figures could be much higher.
“The Russian aggression is responsible, directly or indirectly, for Assad's crimes as Russia has been trying to cover up these crimes; propping up the regime, and providing it with political, diplomatic and military support. Furthermore, Russia used the veto 13 times to shield the regime and prevent any international action against it.”
The Coalition reiterated that the international community is responsible and obliged to find appropriate mechanisms to put an end to the subversive Russian and Iranian roles in the region, including moving more effectively and using more influential tools in dealing with the aggressors.
“We affirm that any serious effort to put an end to the catastrophe unfolding on the ground must begin with the adoption of binding resolutions that ensure and end to the bloodshed and open the door to a political solution based on UN Security Council resolution 2254, including the full implementation of the Geneva Communique of 2012.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Member of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmed Shehadi, participated in an awareness-raising seminar on the importance of the wheat crop in the cultural center in the town of Al-Atareb in rural Aleppo. The seminar stressed the importance of wheat as a vital winter crop for people in the liberated areas.
The seminar, which was organized by Qinnisrin Development Association and Fox Aleppo website, was presented by Agricultural Engineer Majd Haj Omar, Director of the ICARDA Agricultural Coordination Group.
The seminar was dedicated to farmers in rural Aleppo and Idlib as well as agricultural technicians and engineers in the agricultural offices of the local councils and humanitarian organizations.
The seminar involved a discussion of the latest diseases and pests that affected the wheat crops in the liberated areas.
Organizers of the seminar provided guidance and awareness-raising tips to farmers in order to improve the grain yield and maintain the local wheat varieties.
The seminar included an overview of the stages of growing the wheat crop, including land preparation, selection of good varieties and cultivation as well the thin and broadleaf weed control operations and all other symptoms until harvesting.
Large swathes of agricultural land have been damaged in recent months as a result of bombardment and shelling by the Assad regime and its backers. Thousands of hectares of wheat crop were burned as a result. The attendees stressed the importance of taking care of the wheat crop and working for the best yield next year. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Free Bar Association in Aleppo and the NGO International Bridges to Justice held two panel discussions on ‘suspension of punishment’ and ‘violence against women’ in the town of Afrin in rural Aleppo.
The panel discussions brought together heads of the councils of the branches of the Free Bar Association, legal and revolutionary activities, and representatives of women's activities and civil society organizations operating in the liberated areas.
The first workshop talked about the discretionary power of the court to suspend a sentence. Minister of Justice in the Syrian Interim Government pointed to the importance of this measure in the maintenance of social structure and self-reform at the present period and ensuring that the offense is not repeated.
The second workshop reviewed studies and figures on gender-based violence throughout the revolution, especially the violence being committed by the Assad regime and its backers as well as the psychological, social and legal effects of gender-based violence.
The minister stressed the need to activate the role of women and their participation in all sectors of Syrian society, pointing out that SIG’s plans focus on supporting and strengthening women's activity in the liberated areas.
Participants agreed to establish mechanisms for legal protection under the international humanitarian law as they stressed the need to empower Syrian women and enable them to fully assume their role and expose the crimes committed against them. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian National Coalition Anas al-Abda and members of the political committee met a delegation of Syrian trade unions and associations based in the liberated areas in the town of Azaz in northern rural Aleppo.
The two sides discussed the reality of administration and services in the liberated areas and the plans of the Syrian Interim Government which is seeking to implement in the coming period. They also discussed the important role of unions and associations in providing the institutions of the Syrian revolution with the expertise necessary for the success of their work.
Members of the delegation talked about the challenges and difficulties facing their work, especially in the areas of health and education. They called for establishing partnership between trade unions and SIG’s ministries for the development of unified policies and approaches.
Members of the delegation stressed that their work aims to support the SIG’s decision so as to serve the interests of society, uphold he principles of the Syrian revolution, and contribute to the national revolutionary decision-making and protect the rights of its members. They called on the Coalition and SIG to assume their roles in organizing the unions work and organize the relationships between unions and SIG’s institutions.
Moreover, members of the delegation called for empowering unions and associations in the liberated areas and issue a SIG’s circular to local councils to facilitate their work and activate their role in monitoring SIG’s work.
The delegation also stressed the importance of supporting the Women's Union and legalizing it by the Coalition and SIG in order to activate its work of the Union and empower women in all sectors of society.
They pointed to the need for the SIG to exercise a supervisory role on the projects being implemented by the organizations as they stressed the importance of organizations assuming their role and providing the best services to the civilian population. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)