The Syrian National Coalition’s Secretary-General, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, said that the issues and decrees being issued by the Assad regime serve its repressive policies and are part of its desperate attempts to cling to power.
Abdullatif said that the regime’s recent amendment of the regulations of the compulsory military service came in the same context as the laws it issued for the real estate and endowment. He said: “The Assad regime is effectively saying: either you participate in killing your people or you fund this killing, or we will seize your property and sell it off to continue with our criminal mission.”
The Assad regime’s intentions and goals can no longer be hidden from anyone, Abdullatif said, adding that these politicized laws come from a regime that has long lost its legitimacy. He said that the issuance of these laws and decrees is nothing but a declaration of the regime’s moral and financial bankruptcy.
He pointed out that the Assad regime is suffering a mounting economic crisis due to the decline of cash flow from its Iranian ally and the imminent implementation of the Caesar Act. The latest law aims to replenish the regime’s coffers with foreign currencies as it stipulated that the paid military exemption must be paid in US dollar or in its equivalent of the Syrian pound, he said, noting that Assad regime admitted that it does not trust the stability of the exchange rate of the Syrian pound.
Moreover, Abdullatif said that the latest law will put increasing pressure on military-aged people to join the ranks of the regime’s dilapidated forces and their allied sectarian militias as they cannot afford the exorbitant financial consequences. The law also represents a new gift for the corrupt regime’s cronies who will benefit from this amendment of the law by buying the confiscated property and assets.
He stressed that the Syrian people will not accept funding the killing of their fellow Syrians as they are well aware that such moves are void and null and that a state that is based on the rule of law and freedom will eventually replace the current state. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s political committee on Thursday held its regular and discussed the Assad regime and Russia’s military escalation in Idlib province and the war crimes they are committing against civilians. The committee also discussed the US Congress’s passing of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act and its possible impact on the situation in Syria.
Members of the committee stressed that the intensifying onslaught on Idlib province constituted heinous war crimes requiring an urgent UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in the region. They pointed out that the Assad regime and Russian air forces are targeting residential areas, vital civilian centers such medical facilities, and convoys of fleeing civilians.
They pointed out that targeting the fleeing civilians represents a serious escalation aimed at putting more pressure on civilians to force them to surrender. They warned of an imminent humanitarian disaster should the international silence and inaction continue. They also stressed the need for serious, firm decision to stop violence and implement UN resolutions on Syria.
Moreover, members of the committee called on the Syrian communities around the world to organize sit-in protests in front of the Russian embassies and consulates to denounce the continued massacres against Syrian civilians as well as to condemn Russia’s support for the Assad regime’s ongoing military operations against civilians.
Members of the committee also discussed the importance of renewing the international resolution on giving unfettered access to humanitarian aid for those in need in Syria via all border crossings, including those outside the control of the Assad regime. They stressed that around 13 million people across Syria depend on this aid.
The committee stressed the importance of passing the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act as they expressed the hope that the move would be the beginning of a new era in the international community’s response to the Assad regime and its backers’ ongoing crimes against civilians in Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)