Secretary-General of the Syrian National Olympic Committee, Ahmed Al-Ali, and Head of the Team Games Shakir Hamidi, met with the Coordinator in the Turkish Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mehmet Sadik Yildirim in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
The meeting was held in coordination with the Syrian National Coalition. The two sides discussed the possibility of coordination with regard to Syrian sports in general and sports activities in the liberated areas in particular. They agreed to cooperate to develop the Syrian sports and support the talented athletes from all ages.
Member of the Coalition’s political committee and Director of the Coalition’s Office of Sports Unions, Abdul Majid Barakat, said that there are serious efforts to bring together all those involved in sports affairs in the liberated areas and the host countries.
Barakat pointed out that the Coalition aims to make the sports file a Syrian national file away from quotas. He said: "Success in this file will turn it into a pressure file on the Assad regime as the battle is not only political and armed one, but a battle having multiple fields. The sports field is no less important than other fields.”
Barakat said that the Committee is working to launch a football league in the liberated areas with the participation of all clubs, adding that work is underway to find ways of cooperation with Turkey and some friendly countries to support this league and secure recognition for it.
He pointed out that the Syrian Olympic Committee launched an official website to publish the news related to the work of the Committee and cover the sports activities in the liberated areas and abroad. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
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)
The Syrian National Coalition’s political committee on Friday held an important meeting to discuss the agreement to suspend military operations east of the Euphrates River and the latest developments in the work of the Constitutional Committee.
The meeting brought together the Coalition President Anas Al-Abda, Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr Al-Hariri, Head of the Syrian Interim Government, Abdurrahman Mustafa, and the Joint Chairman of the Constitutional Committee Hadi Al-Bahra.
The political committee welcomed the agreement to suspend military operations east of the Euphrates and establish a safe zone. It stressed that the agreement will have a positive role in achieving the goals of the military operation without any suffering or incurring losses.
SIG’s Head Abdurrahman Mustafa reaffirmed that SIG stood ready to start the work east of the Euphrates. He gave an overview of SIG’s plans in the areas of security and stability in that region, especially following the remarkable progress in the unification of the armed opposition groups and their incorporation into the Syrian National Army. He also talked about SIG’s plans to provide essential services and improve education and health.
Al-Hariri and Al-Bahra briefed the meeting on the final preparations for the first round of the work of the Constitutional Committee scheduled for late October at the United Nations Office at Geneva.
They stressed that preparations for the first round of discussions have been completed. They said that the representatives of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Constitutional Committee have already laid out visions of the basic rights and freedoms, security and military institutions, the electoral process, the mandate of the legislative, judicial and executive powers and ways to ensure their independence and that there is a separation between these powers. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition welcomed the temporary suspension of military operations reached on Thursday (17 October) by the United States and Turkey.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Coalition said that the agreement “represents a success for Operation Peace Spring which was launched with the aim of protecting the territorial integrity of Syria; ousting terrorist organizations and militias; and allowing the displaced people to return to their homes.”
“The success of the operation stems from the fact that it has achieved its goals of establishing a safe zone in record time. The Turkish-US agreement will help achieve these goals with minimal losses,” the Coalition said.
The Coalition went on to say that the operation proved serious in implementing the safe zone project after we tried to resolve this situation by all possible means.
“War was never our goal. The operation came as a natural result of the abnormal situation that emerged in this region and the numerous violations documented by multiple international human rights organizations.”
The Coalition added: “Terrorism had to be confronted and defeated so as to maintain the territorial integrity of Syria and eliminate the threat of partitioning the country after the international community failed to ensure so.”
The Coalition noted the important, positive role of the United States and Turkey in reaching this agreement.
“The Syrian National Army will remain fully alert and ready to defend the territorial integrity of Syria and respond to any breaches of the agreement.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Yasser al-Farhan, Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s National Commission for the Affairs of the Missing and Detainees denounced the growing violations against Syrian refugees in Lebanon, especially against detainees in the Lebanese prisons.
Al-Farhan cited the recent attempted suicide by some of the Syrian detainees after the Lebanese authorities handed over a group of their cellmates in Roumieh prison to the Assad regime.
Al-Farhan added that the handover of Syrian detainees caused panic amongst the rest of the detainees who fled their country because of the brutality of the Assad regime. He stressed that the deportation of the detainees puts their lives under serious risk.
Al-Farhan described the move as extremely grave and violates international humanitarian law, international human rights law, the four Geneva Conventions and the Geneva Convention on Refugees and the humanitarian and moral principles on the protection of refugees.
“We are keen on the independence of the Lebanese judiciary and fear that its decisions will be affected by pressure from political parties loyal to the Assad regime,” Al-Farhan added.
Moreover, Al-Fahran pointed out that this move is illegal and makes Lebanon accountable in front of the international community for violating the United Nations Convention against Torture which explicitly states that “no State Party shall expel, return ("refouler") or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.”
Al-Farhan called on the Lebanese authorities to take the necessary measures to prevent a repeat of this move. He also called on human rights organizations in Lebanon to assume their role to ensure that no Syrian refugees are handed over to the Assad regime.
Al-Farhan also called on the international community to follow up on the issue of the Syrian detainees who were handed over to the Assad regime in order to know their fate and provide them with the necessary protection.
A number of Syrian prisoners in Roumieh Prison attempted to hang themselves after the Lebanese authorities had handed over five Syrian detainees to the Assad regime in serious violation of international human rights law, especially article 3 of the Convention against Torture which Lebanon has ratified and pledged to abide by its provisions. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Negotiations Commission met with a number of Syrian media activists in the presence of the Commission Head, Nasr Al-Hariri, and the Joint Chairman of the Constitutional Committee Hadi Al-Bahra and members of the Committee. They discussed preparations for the first meeting of the Committee scheduled for late October at the UN Office at Geneva and the role of the Commission in following up on the work of the Committee.
Participants in the meeting, which was held at the Coalition headquarters in Istanbul, stressed the need to support the work of the Constitutional Committee and to strengthen coordination with Syrian media activists in order to ensure the success of the work of the Constitutional Committee and achieve a political transition.
Al-Hariri gave an overview on the latest developments in the political process and the mechanisms of the formation of the Constitutional Committee as well as the preparations made by the Constitutional Committee during its latest meeting in the Saudi capital, Riyadh and the role of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in supporting and ensuring the work of the Committee in accordance with international resolutions.
Al-Bahra stressed that the Constitutional Committee will prioritize the rights and freedoms, security and military institutions, electoral process, and the mandate of the legislative, judicial and executive powers and to ensure their independence and that there is a separation of powers so as to ensure reaching a political solution and the drafting of a constitution befitting the sacrifices of the Syrian people and fulfill their aspirations.
Members of the Committee listened to a set of suggestions that were put forward by the media activists on the need to follow up on the work and activity of the Syrian Negotiations Commission and focus on the issues related to public opinion. Members of the Syrian National Coalition Riyad al-Hassan and Dima Moussa answered questions with regards to the legal aspects and the UN resolutions on Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Presidential Body of the Syrian National Coalition on Wednesday convened to discuss the latest political and on the ground developments, including the situation in the liberated areas, including east of the Euphrates as well as the work of the Constitutional Committee. Participants included President Anas al-Abdah, his deputies and the Secretary General.
The participants discussed and approved a plan of action for the liberated areas as they renewed support for the work of the Syrian Interim Government. They stressed the importance of good governance and the establishment of a civil administration in the liberated areas.
Moreover, they stressed the importance of ensuring security and stability in these areas and the need to continue the work to build a national army in accordance with international standards and organize fair elections in the liberated areas.
The discussions also included the latest preparations for the first session of the work of the Constitutional Committee scheduled for late October at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
They reaffirmed the Coalition’s commitment to the principles of the Syrian Revolution and to reaching a political solution in accordance with the timetable set out in the relevant international resolutions, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations on Wednesday convened to discuss the latest developments in the work of the Constitutional Committee and the ongoing preparations for holding the first meeting of the Committee at the United Nations Office at Geneva. Joint Chairman of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi Al-Bahra, participated in the meeting.
The meeting discussed the provisions of the constitution and the visions resulting from the workshops held by representatives of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Constitutional Committee during its latest meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
Al-Bahra said they stood ready to start the work of the Constitutional Committee, stressing that all Syrians today have the opportunity to lay the cornerstone in the dream of establishing a state that is based on justice and equality.
Al-Bahra pointed out that the Commission developed a set of important visions, especially those related to basic rights and freedoms, security and military institutions, the electoral process, and the mandate of the legislative, judicial and executive powers and ways to ensure their independence and that there is a separation of these powers.
Participants in the meeting reaffirmed the Coalition’s support for the work of the Constitutional Committee and the need to reach a political solution in accordance with the timetable set out in the relevant international resolutions, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
A ministerial delegation from the Syrian Interim Government toured the town of Tell Abyad which the Syrian National Army (SNA) and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) freed from the PYD militia three days ago as part of Operation Peace Spring. The tour aimed to assess the situation in and around the town and the needs of the population as well as to begin the restoration of security and stability.
The delegation included SIG’s Minister of Defense, Major General Salim Idris, Minister of Interior, Colonel Mohieldin Harmoush, and Minister of Local Administration and Services, Mohamed Suleiman.
The ministerial delegation toured the main streets of the town and talked to the citizens who offered them a warm welcome. The ministers drew up a list of their observations and the most urging needs.
Residents of the town stressed the need to activate local councils and establish a police force in order to provide services and restore security and stability.
The ministers stressed they would spare no effort to carry out SIG’s vision that is based on the empowerment of civil administration and good governance in Tell Abyad and the rest of the liberated areas east of the Euphrates. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)