Vice-president of the Syrian National Coalition, Oqab Yahya, stressed the importance of dialogue amongst all components of the Syrian society without exclusion so as to reach the shape of the Syrian state in the future.
Yahya was speaking during a symposium that brought together components of Syrian society and which was held by the Harmon Center for Studies on Saturday under the title "political, economic and social organization that Syria needs in the future.” Participants included intellectuals, politicians and researchers.
The discussions included important topics such as the vision that Syria needs for the concept of social contract as well as the vision of the political system and the circulation of power. Yahya talked about the need for the participation of all components in determining the shape of the Syrian state, adding that dialogue stems from the fact that there are political and intellectual forces and changes that cannot be excluded.
Yahya pointed out that political concepts and attitudes form the general basis for dialogue and lead to reaching future understandings that could constitute a ground for agreement on a phased program and visons of the nature of governance.
He called for upholding tolerance and the right to disagree and change. He stressed that the nature of the desired state is a civil, pluralist, democratic state that is based on equality among all citizens regardless of gender, race, religion and sect. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
A report issued by the Hibr Center for Studies on Friday confirmed that the PYD militia committed widespread war crimes against various components of the Syrian society and people of all age groups.
The report indicated that the PYD militia committed numerous violations against civilians, including the mass forced displacement of civilians, pillage, arbitrary arrest, and recruitment of children, adding that the militia sought to bring about a demographic change in the region.
According to the report, the PYD militia cracked down on democratic movements in the town of Qamishli. It said that PYD militants opened fire at protests by political activists on June 27, 2013, killing eight civilians, including an 8-year-old child.
The report cited the PYD militia’s summary execution of nine young men in the village of Tal Khalil in al-Hasakah province. It also said that the militia forced about 40,000 civilians from the town of Tel Hamis south of Qamishli. It also said that the PYD militants buried 20 people while they were still alive near the village of Mteiniya.
Moreover, the PYD militia forced people out of their homes in the town of Hammam al-Turkman near the town of Tell Abyad under the pretext that that jets of the international anti-ISIS coalition will carry out airstrikes on the town. It also forced Arab and Turkmen residents from the town of Ras al-Ayn and surrounding villages under the pretext of protecting them from ISIS attacks.
The PYD militia committed massacres against civilians in rural Hasakah countryside, many of which were documented by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, including a massacre that claimed the lives of 91 civilians, including 17 children and seven women.
The PYD militia also carried out similar massacres in Manbij as well as the provinces of Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, with rights groups saying that the militia executed 164 people in these areas, including 31 children and three women.
In 2018, the PYD militia recruited more than 313 children into its ranks, 40 percent of whom were girls under the age of 15, the report added.
According to the report, the PYD militia was responsible for the death of 1,157 people as of September 2019, including 203 children and 47 people who died under torture. The militia also detained no fewer than 2,907 people, including 631 children. It also forcibly disappeared 877 people, including 52 children. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)