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11 February 2019 In Coalition News

Syria was ranked the least free country in the world on the 2019 Freedom House’s list. President of the Syrian Coalition pointed out that the ranking should prompt the international community and those who are trying to rehabilitate the Assad regime to shoulder their responsibilities.

In its annual assessment of fundamental freedoms, the Washington-based rights group Freedom House singled out Syria as “worst of the worst” on its list of the least free countries.

President Mustafa said that supporters of the regime and those seeking to rehabilitate it are to blame for the ranking of Syria as worst of the worst. He said that this situation “should prompt everyone to shoulder their responsibilities.”

President Mustafa also criticized “the countries that have kept silent about the crimes and terror of the Assad regime as well as the massacres being committed by the regime and its allied militias against those who are demanding freedom.”

The Assad regime came first in terms of the violations against media workers over the past year, according to the annual report by the Syrian Centre for Journalistic Freedoms of the Syrian Journalists Association.

According to a report the Association published on late January 2019, the violations included murder, physical assault, detention, torture, preventing journalists from working freely, confiscation of the equipment of media institutions, and shutting down media institutions.

Moreover, the Assad regime was found responsible for killing US journalist Marie Colvin in 2012.

The US district court for the District of Columbia on late January ruled that the Assad regime was liable to pay $302m in damages to Colvin’s family who filed a lawsuit against the regime for its responsibility for her death when regime forces shelled a media center in the neighborhood of Baba Amr in Homs back in February 2012. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

11 February 2019 In Coalition News

Syria was ranked the least free country in the world on the 2019 Freedom House’s list. President of the Syrian Coalition pointed out that the ranking should prompt the international community and those who are trying to rehabilitate the Assad regime to shoulder their responsibilities.

In its annual assessment of fundamental freedoms, the Washington-based rights group Freedom House singled out Syria as “worst of the worst” on its list of the least free countries.

President Mustafa said that supporters of the regime and those seeking to rehabilitate it are to blame for the ranking of Syria as worst of the worst. He said that this situation “should prompt everyone to shoulder their responsibilities.”

President Mustafa also criticized “the countries that have kept silent about the crimes and terror of the Assad regime as well as the massacres being committed by the regime and its allied militias against those who are demanding freedom.”

The Assad regime came first in terms of the violations against media workers over the past year, according to the annual report by the Syrian Centre for Journalistic Freedoms of the Syrian Journalists Association.

According to a report the Association published on late January 2019, the violations included murder, physical assault, detention, torture, preventing journalists from working freely, confiscation of the equipment of media institutions, and shutting down media institutions.

Moreover, the Assad regime was found responsible for killing US journalist Marie Colvin in 2012.

The US district court for the District of Columbia on late January ruled that the Assad regime was liable to pay $302m in damages to Colvin’s family who filed a lawsuit against the regime for its responsibility for her death when regime forces shelled a media center in the neighborhood of Baba Amr in Homs back in February 2012. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

11 February 2019 In Local News

The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) on Monday sent a letter to the new UN special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen on the future of the Geneva talks and the political process in Syria.

The letter noted that “while the eight rounds of talks in Geneva and the political processes set in motion there has offered a glimmer of hope for the Syrian people and their democratic aspirations, the peace process appears to be rapidly deteriorating.”

“According to the Geneva process, the negotiation path was divided into four ‘baskets’: governance, a future constitution, elections, and combating terrorism. Since the regime flatly refused to discuss the main basket, namely the formation of a governing body with full powers, the focus instead shifted to the constitution process and ‘elections’, the letter said.

The SNHR underscored that “the ‘baskets’ plan achieved quite the opposite of the Security Council Resolution’s aim, and blatantly violating it. In turn, from the perspective of its ‘basket’ implementation plan, the Resolution could be seen as a sure-fire way to exterminate both the idea of human rights in Syria and, with it, any prospects for long-lasting peace.”

The letter stressed that “from a human rights standpoint, the situation has been catastrophic and the human rights situation has actually worsened as the talks continued.” It went on to say that the Geneva talks have so far failed to bring the Syrian people even a small step closer to any meaningful, sustainable peace.”

The Network stressed that “Russia has successfully obstructed and reversed the entire path of the political process through the sue of its veto powers on 12 occasions and mobilizing its military forces in support of the regime.” It said that “the primary, long-standing issue remains the implementation and adherence to the rules of the constitution in place since the era of Hafez Al-Assad.”

The letter warned that “the UN’s supervisory role in any election will not alleviate Syrians’ anxiety and terror of the regime’s encroaching security apparatuses and even more so of the consequences to be borne by voters in the aftermath of such an election, whatever its results.”

“Also, organizations and individuals that have been involved in human rights violations in Syria should be excluded from playing any part in the process. Last but not least, the recommendations made by civil society representatives should be left intact.”

The letter called on the UN to restore the steps of the negotiation process as per the principles established in resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communiqué, emphasizing that the current recipe for continued human rights abuses and an open-ended war should be decisively abandoned. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

11 February 2019 In Political News

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Sunday expressed his dissatisfaction about some Lebanese parties’ aiding of the Assad regime in its war against the Syrian people, hinting to the Hezbollah militia.

“It is true that there are political parties intervening in Syria, but we are against this intervention and we won’t stop our economy for their sake,” Hariri said in a talk session on the sidelines of the World Government Summit in Dubai. The Hezbollah militia is the only Lebanese fighting alongside the Assad regime forces to crush the Syrian revolution.

Regarding to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the pressure some Lebanese parties are exerting on them, the Lebanese premier said: “If we blame all our problems on the refugee, then we will be deceiving ourselves.”

Hariri stressed that Syrian refugees will eventually return to their country and that Lebanon must benefit from their presence instead of complaining, citing the construction boom that Lebanon witnessed in 1996 and 1997.

Hariri denounced the insistence of some Lebanese parties on the normalization of ties with the Assad regime.

On August 1, Hariri criticized the Assad regime’s enactment of Law No. 10, noting that the law was aimed at discouraging Syrian refugees from returning to their homes.

President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa earlier said that the plight of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon "is getting worse," as he stressed that "influential parties in the new Lebanese government is exerting pressure on them to force them to return.

Mustafa called on the United Nations and UNHCR to take urgent measures to ensure protection for the Syrian refugees and to prevent their forcible repatriation to Syria. He underscored that “the provision of guarantees for refugees’ return is impossible without a political solution in the country.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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