The Constitutional Committee on Friday adopted the code of conduct of its members and the initial procedural rules of its two co-chairs. The Committee is convening at the UN Office in Geneva.
Members of the Committee continued to introduce themselves and outline their vision of the future constitution of Syria. Representatives of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Committee stressed the importance of drafting a modern constitution that safeguards the rights of all components of Syrian society as well as guarantees their freedom and dignity.
Members of the Commission stressed the importance of separation in the three executive, legislative and judicial powers.
They also reaffirmed their readiness to fully engage in the constitutional process in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254 as key to reaching a comprehensive political solution. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Secretary General of the Syrian National Coalition, Abdulbaset Abdullatif, received representatives of the Syrian Home Association at the Coalition headquarters in Istanbul and discussed with them the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey and the services being provided by the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee.
Abdul Latif praised the important role the Syrian associations in Turkey are playing to organize the situation of Syrian nationals and work with them to solve their problems. He expressed his full support for these associations as he said that the Coalition stood ready to work with them and help them.
The two sides discussed the requests that were submitted to the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee and the facilitations it provided to legalize the residence of Syrian nationals on Turkish territory as well as regulatory measures to solve the majority of problems faced by Syrian nationals in Turkey.
Abdullatif gave on overview of the cases resolved with the Turkish authorities and the cases that will be worked on later, especially after the meeting between the Technical Committee and the Director General of the Migration Management in Ankara last week.
The two sides also discussed ways to communicate and establish a joint mechanism of action to convey the cases and challenges faced by the Syrian nationals to the Turkish authorities. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The National Commission for Detainees and Missing Persons toured a temporary detention facility that is run by the Syrian National Army (SNA) 123rd Brigade to check on the conditions inside. The visit came after a constructive dialogue with the SNA commanders.
The Commission pointed that the 123rd Brigade leadership showed cooperativeness with the Commission and provided it with full access to the facility.
The Commission said that it earlier visited the Tel Abyad prison in northern rural Raqqa to ascertain the conditions inside the facility and make sure that the inmates are been treated in accordance with the principles of international humanitarian law and the provisions of the Geneva Conventions.
The Commission pointed out that it interviewed the detainees in the prison as well as reviewed their conditions and reasons for their detention. It said that the detainees have access to food, clean water, and medical care.
Moreover, the Commission listened to the demands of the prisoners and instructed the prison administration to allow the detainees to communicate with their families.
The Commission praised the cooperativeness shown by the 123rd Brigade leadership and its readiness to promote respect for human rights and the principles of international humanitarian law.
The Commission stressed the importance of upholding these standards as a behavior rooted in the fighters of the SNA elements which carries the values and ethics of the Syrian revolution in freedom, justice and dignity. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Representatives of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Constitutional Committee met a delegation from the Turkish Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva on Wednesday and discussed with them the latest developments in the safe zone in northeastern Syria and the political developments related to the launch of the work of the Constitutional Committee.
Representatives of the Syrian Negotiations Commission in the Constitutional Committee presented their vision of the future constitution of Syria, reaffirming the protection of rights and freedoms, ensuring the rights of Syrian women and their participation in all aspects, and ensuring a separation in the executive, legislative and judicial powers.
They pointed to the importance of the constitutional process to be part of the overall political process and of working to discuss the rest of the baskets, including the governing body and to reach a political solution in accordance with UN resolution 2254.
The meeting touched on the issue of detainees, with the representatives stressing the importance of releasing all detainees from the prisons of the Assad regime, not only children and women. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)