Dissent against the Assad regime forces and its security agencies has spread from the province of Dara’a to the city of Damascus where unknown persons defaced a portrait of Bashar al-Assad in the district of Qudsaya west of the capital.
Local activists said that the portrait of Bashar al-Assad was hung on the façade of the consumer complex near a security center in the public square in central Qudsaya.
Activists told Smart News Network that unidentified persons had scrawled anti-regime graffiti on the walls of the municipality building in Qudsaya, the main bakery, and the street leading to the juvenile detention center in the district. On the same day, ant-regime graffiti calling for the departure of Bashar al-Assad and demanding freedom were scrawled on the walls in Dara’a.
The behavior of the Assad regime's forces and security services in Dara’a is causing growing dissent as residents of the province on Tuesday declared civil disobedience in protest to the regime’s forced recruitment of people in the province.
The Syrian Coalition earlier said that the Assad regime’s repressive actions against the people of Dara’a rise are more than enough to spark off a new uprising against its rule.
In October 2016, the Assad regime retook control of the districts of Qudsaya and al-Hama near Damascus after it forced out thousands of civilians and hundreds of FSA fighters and their families to northern Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Survivors from the prisons of the Assad regime and families of the disappeared people have sent a letter to organizers of the Brussels III Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" which will convene in the Belgian capital Brussels on 12-14 March 2019.
Salma Kahala, executive director of Dawlaty organization, told Inab Baladi's website that her organization, along with the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) and the Syria Campaign, support four groups of former detainees and families of disappeared persons to make their voices heard and convey their demands to the organizers of the conference.
Kahala said that the Brussels conference provides an opportunity to convey the demands of the Syrian people to the international community and urge it to have a common position and prioritize the issues of the detainees and forcibly disappeared people as well as the issue of accountability and truth.
The four groups called on the international community and the European Union to play a bigger role and ratchet up diplomatic pressure to support the issue of detainees on the UN Security Council and by the new UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pederson.
Kahala went on to say that the four groups called for mechanisms to disclose the whereabouts of disappeared persons in Syria. They also called for the international community, especially the European countries, to show the political will to support accountability for torture and ill-treatment of detainees in Syria by prosecuting the perpetrators in these countries’ national courts or through supporting the International Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM).
On Tuesday, survivors from the prisons of the Assad regime and families of the forcibly disappeared sent a letter to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the new UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pederson ahead of the Conference.
The letter to Mogherini called for ratcheting pressure on the Assad regime and Russia to force them to disclose the fate of hundreds of thousands of missing persons and to support the efforts to identify the missing persons and disclose the fate of the bodies of the victims. The letter also called for supporting the role of survivors and families of the disappeared persons in the efforts to reach a political solution in Syria.
The Brussels III Conference on "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" aims to raise five billion USD to respond to the crises of the internally displaced persons and refugees in host countries, especially Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.
The conference first convened in April 2017 then in April 2018 during which funds were raised for Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition denounced the international community’s total inaction towards what is happening on the ground and the tragic reality caused by the constant, indiscriminate shelling by the Assad regime and Iranian militias with Russia cover and in violation of the Idlib agreement.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition condemned the Assad regime and its allies’ targeting of unarmed civilians in Idlib province. It said: “As the this situation continues, the crimes continue and civilians continue to be targeted as if it became a new norm and as if there was no agreement in place or guarantors who need to be concerned about its durability.
The Coalition reiterated its condemnation of attacks and actions violating the agreement which was reached in Sochi.
“The world is required not to waste more time; exert pressure on the Assad regime and its supporters to force them to commit to stopping crime and shelling; and push the political process forward in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and the Geneva Communique of 2012,” the Coalition said.
The Coalition called on parties and guarantors of the Idlib agreement as well as the international community to closely follow the situation on the ground and not to let civilians be subjected to indiscriminate shelling aimed at killing or displacing them.
“It is imperative that the international community realize the dangers of the escalating attacks by the Assad regime and the Iranian militias as well as to realize their real objectives and to work to stop them and to spare the region its catastrophic consequences.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)