The Syrian Coalition held a special event at its headquarters on the occasion of the eighth anniversary of the Syrian revolution. The event brought together activists, media activists and lawyers as well as members of the Syrian community in Turkey and members of the presidential body and political committee.
The event included a photo exhibition featuring the major landmarks in the course of the Syrian revolution, a documentary film, and placards showing the Assad regime’s violations against civilians, including bombings and torture of detainees in its prisons.
President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, opened the event with a speech reaffirming commitment to the principles of the Syrian revolution. He pointed out that the majority of the Syrian people support the revolution and want to live and coexist in freedom and dignity in a state that is based on equal citizenship.
“Our duty requires us to work to meet the aspirations of the Syrian people through a successful political transition,” President Mustafa added. He noted that the Syrian Coalition is committed to and insists on the implementation of international resolutions on Syria, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council Resolution 2254 as well as reaching a comprehensive political transition.
Moreover, President Mustafa called on the international community to activate the issue of accountability and not to allow the regime officials to escape punishment. He thanked the European countries that issued arrest warrants for the Assad regime’s officials involved in war crimes.
President Mustafa explained that the Coalition decided to establish headquarters inside the Syrian territory next April next as part of a new plan of action. He pointed out that this move will reflect positively on the course of the Syrian revolution as it will coincide with the restructuring of the Syrian Interim Government and the activation of its role to enable it to expand its work in the areas of governance, civil administration, and basic services.
Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition, Nazir al-Hakim, said that the anniversary of the Syrian revolution "is dear to the hearts of the Syrian people as it ushered in the struggle against the tyrannical Assad regime." He added: “The revolution is a culmination of the Syrian people’s decades-long struggle during which the Syrian people made immense sacrifices, including tens of thousands who were killed, detained, and persecuted.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Local and international media outlets have published horrible images showing the situation in and around the town of al-Baghouz in eastern rural Deir Ezzor where battles are still raging between the PYD militia and the remnants of ISIS. The Syrian Coalition expressed deep concern about the fate of civilians who are still trapped in the region.
The photos showed charred bodies of people and bodies stacked on top of one other in al-Baghuoz. Anadolu news agency said that the bodies are of dead ISIS militants as well as civilians trapped in a camp near the town. The agency said that phosphorus-filled bombs, an internationally prohibited weapon, were likely used by the international anti-ISIS coalition forces.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Syrian Coalition stressed the need to provide the necessary protection for civilians, especially children and women, and to meet their medical and relief needs.
“The Syrian Coalition once again warns of making civilians pay the price of hastiness and recklessness amounting to the showing of disregard for the lives of innocent civilians.”
The Syrian Coalition added: “We have already stressed that all justifications would not exempt the international anti-ISIS coalition from the responsibility for any possible civilian casualties, abuse or failure to provide them with protection.”
On Wednesday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that attacks by the international anti-ISIS coalition has killed more than 3,000 civilians, including more than 900 children since its intervention in the country.
The Syrian Coalition condemned the targeting of civilians causing heavy civilian casualties. It added: “Reports indicated that women and children are at greatest risk of the ongoing clashes and military operations amid complete lack of food and medical supplies.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition said that the attempts by US President Donald Trump to grant legitimacy to the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights “constitutes a violation of international law and consolidation of the law of the jungle.” It warned the international community against “remaining silent about any allusions to the territorial integrity of Syria.”
“The mere talk by anyone about recognizing the legitimacy of the occupation and the seizure of land by military force constitutes a violation of international law and consolidation of the law of the jungle. Such move also contravenes UN Security Council resolutions,” the Coalition said in a press release issued by the political committee on Friday.
“The violation of the rights and sovereignty of the Syrian people over their territory is a comprehensible act. Such move will be unacceptable whatsoever,” the Coalition added.
The Coalition went on to say that US President’s recent remarks risk undermining the very principles on which the United Nations was founded, especially the rejection of the seizure of the land of others by the use of force.
“The rights of the peoples, international legitimacy, and international law should not be used as a means for furthering electoral schemes and interests as well as political goals and tactics.”
The Coalition added: “Any attempt or hint at the granting of legitimacy to the occupation will risk opening the way to a world where there is no place for the international law. Such move will also leave the rightful owners, the displaced and the oppressed people without any legal or lawful means to regain their rights, which will cause more chaos in the region.”
The Coalition warned the international community not to remain silent about any allusions to the unity and territorial integrity of Syria as it warns of the possible consequences of such hints for the future of the region, the peace process, and the role of the United Nations. It also stresses that the peoples should not bear responsibility for the failure of the international community to enforce its resolutions; finding the necessary legal frameworks for their implementation on the ground; and returning the rights to their true owners. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)