The Secretary of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, Riad al-Hassan, welcomed the statement of the spokeswoman of the US State Department Morgan Ortagus on the results of the second round of the meetings of the Constitutional Committee. He stressed that the Assad regime’s delegation set preconditions that clearly violate the procedural rules of the Committee's work.
Al-Hassan said that the regime delegation had agreed at the end of the first session to start discussing the constitutional provisions that were laid out in the opening sessions of the expanded constitutional committee composed of members of the delegations, including members of the regime delegation.
Al-Hassan pointed out that the Assad regime delegation handed the United Nations in the first round an official document containing those provisions and then demanded the UN Envoy to exclude all the political and legal provisions contained in the papers that were prepared by the opposition and civil society delegations from the agenda of the Constitutional Committee.
“The Assad regime delegation afterwards surprisingly proposed that those political provisions which it excluded to be the basis of the discussions of the session,” Hassan said. He added: “This means no doubt that the regime and its security services instructed the delegation to refuse to enter into the discussion of constitutional principles and to continue to stall as it did in the eight rounds of the Geneva talks. The regime also instructed its delegation to avoid engaging in serious negotiations to implement UN Security Council resolutions, especially resolution 2254.
Al-Hassan welcomed the US State Department’s statement that the Constitutional Commitee cannot be the only line of effort of the international community. The statement stressed that other elements of the resolution should be implemented in parallel, including the release of detainees, a nationwide ceasefire, and the creation of a safe, neutral environment for free and, fair elections under United Nations supervision.
Moreover, Al-Hassan stressed that a transitional governing body must be formed with full executive powers to ensure a complete political transition that leads to the removal of the current authoritarian regime.
Al-Hassan called on the international community not to waste the opportunity to launch the work of the Constitutional Committee, describing the committee as a gateway for the implementation of UN resolutions. He also called for ratcheting up pressure on the Assad regime and to continue to isolate it politically until it acquiesces to these resolutions and accepts to implement them as key to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people and reach a real political solution. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
At least 277 civilians, including 72 children and 32 women, were killed across Syria in November 2019, mostly at the hands of the Assad regime and its Russian ally, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said.
In a report released on Sunday, the Network said that 56 people, including 19 children and six women, were killed by regime forces in November, while Russian forces killed 70 civilians, including 26 children and 11 women.
According to the report, six civilians, including two children, were killed by the PYD militia, while five others were killed by ISIS. It also said that six civilians, including one child and one woman, were killed by HTS, while three civilians were killed in airstrikes by the international anti-ISIS coalition forces. It said that 131 civilians, including 24 children and 14 women, were killed by other parties.
The monitoring group said it had documented 13 massacres that took place in November, adding that 27 people were killed under torture, including 25 at the hands of the Assad regime, and two by the PYD militia. The number brought to 288 the number of people killed under torture since the beginning of this year.
The report indicated that two media workers, three medical workers, and two civil defense volunteers were killed in the reporting period.
The Network stressed that the Assad regime violated international humanitarian law, Customary international law, and all UN Security Council resolutions, especially resolutions 2139, 2042, and 2254.
The report called on the UN Security Council to take further action pursuant to the adoption of UN resolution 2254. It stressed the need to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court and hold all those involved, including the Russian regime, accountable for war crimes.
The report also called on the UN envoy to Syria to condemn the perpetrators of crimes and massacres as well as those responsible for the sabotage of the de-escalation zone agreement. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
At least 10 people were killed and several others injured as a result of airstrikes by the Assad regime and its Russian ally on the town of Maaret al-Numan and Saraqib in rural Idlib.
Local activists said that nine civilians, including two women, were killed and 13 others injured, including two children, in airstrikes that hit a popular market in the town of Maaret al-Numan in southern rural Idlib.
Activists added that another civilian was injured in regime airstrikes on the village of Sorman, while similar attacks targeted the villages of Hullaba, Riffah, Buraisa, and Tel Kraisan.
The Syrian Civil Defense Corps said that another civilian was killed and five others wounded in regime's airstrikes on a vegetable market in the town of Saraqib in rural Idlib on Monday.
Since April 26, 2019, the Assad regime and Russian forces have stepped up the bombing campaign on Idlib province, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians, the displacement of nearly one million people, and causing massive destruction to infrastructure, especially hospitals and schools. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Office of Syrian Communities Abroad Yahya Maktabi, paid a five-day visit to the Turkish city of Sanliurfa during which he met with a number of personalities, dignitaries and activists in the Syrian community in order to establish a council for the Syrian community in the city.
The visit came within the framework of the plan developed by the Office to encourage the formation of a council for the Syrian communities in all cities and countries where Syrians are hosted given the importance of organizing the work of Syrian communities and their important, influential role in the current stage and the future of Syria.
The idea of establishing a community council in Sanliurfa has been welcomed by all segments of Syrian society as the move aims to function as a big house for Syrians regardless from regional, ideological, professional and other affiliations.
Maktabi stressed the need for the community to revive a spirit of harmony and communication between the Syrian people, strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and friendship between the Syrian people and Turkish society through various social, cultural activities and events.
Maktabi was a guest at a dinner that was hosted in the honor of the Governor of Sanliurfa, Abdullah Erin, and senior officials in the office of the governor by the Akidat tribe. Both sides discussed the problems facing members of the Syrian community and ways to provide facilitations and address their legal situation. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Syrian National Coalition - Syria
Department of Media and Communications
December 2, 2019
The Assad regime and its allies are waging an all-out war on all forms of life in Idlib province through brutal aerial bombardment by the Assad regime and Russian air forces as well as shelling by Iranian militias.
In the past few hours, violent aerial and ground bombardment pummeled southern and southeastern rural Idlib as part of a terrorist war targeting residential areas, especially popular markets. The attacks killed at least nine civilians in the town of Maaret al-Numan as well as caused many civilian casualties in the town of Saraqib. Regime warplanes bombed a vegetable market in the town.
The latest developments on the ground clearly show that we are facing not only war crimes or sporadic violations, but also an all-out war on innocent civilians. We are facing a series of organized, deliberate criminal acts that confirm that the Syrian people are facing an international terrorist coalition seeking to exterminate the Syrian people, destroy their resources, and displace entire generations.
Contrary to all unfounded allegations and lies about countering terrorism, the Assad regime's violations, its criminal war and its support for terrorism have been deliberate and systematic from the outset. The international silence on these atrocities represents ignominious moral failure consolidating impunity and lack of accountability, which will have dire consequences for the future of the region and the world.
The rogue states’ protection and covering up of the murderous regime as well as their aiding and abetting of war crimes does not absolve the international community of its responsibilities. The United Nations remains responsible for taking concrete action to stop the killing, destruction, and displacement once and for all. As resolutions and laws are not enforced by themselves, the major actors are obliged to urgently shoulder their responsibilities with regards to the protection of civilians, holding criminals accountable, and enforcing UN Security Council resolutions.
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