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30 June 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly elected Anas Al-Abda as a new president for one-year presidential term. Okab Yahya, Abdel Hakim Bashar, and Dima Moussa were elected vice-presidents while Abdel Basset Abdel Latif was elected Secretary-General of the Coalition.

The elections took place during the UN General Assembly regular meeting on Saturday, which paid tribute to the fallen hero Abdul Basset Sarot who was killed fending off the Assad regime and Russia’s onslaught on Idlib and rural Hama and Aleppo.

The General Assembly also elected Abdurrahman Mustafa as a new head of the Syrian Interim Government. A new 19-member political committee was also elected during the meeting.

“It was not an easy decision to take over the leadership of the Coalition in this delicate and difficult time,” Abda said, adding “we will beat off the challenges with the help of those who we trust their wisdom and firmness.”

Abda pointed out that “we are seeking to make the Coalition a real representative of the forces of the revolution and the opposition and an umbrella that brings all Syrians together and affects the public opinion through which we will be active in the Syrian revolutionary and political scene."

The General Assembly’s meeting will conclude on Sunday and will discuss a number of important issues, especially the latest developments on the ground in northwestern Syria and the continued onslaught being launched by the Assad regime backed by the Russian and Iranian forces who are attacking civilian as well as medical facilities and infrastructure.

Tabled for discussions will also be the situation of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the escalating violations against them. The General Assembly will discuss ways to find radical solutions to ensure the refugees’ safety and meet their needs. It will also discuss ways to support the efforts of the Syrian Interim Government by establishing a governance system in the liberated areas that contributes to the stability and security of these areas and their inhabitants in all their components. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

30 June 2019 In Press Releases

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June 30, 2019


The president of the Syrian Coalition opened the 46th meeting of the General Assembly, which paid tribute to the fallen hero Abdul Basset Sarout, by observing a minute of silence for Sarout and the revolution’s fallen heroes.

The General Assembly began the meeting by adopting amendments to the Coalition's bylaws that were proposed by the political committee. The amendments included moving the headquarters of the Coalition to inside Syria and amendments required by the past experience.

A new presidential body and a political committee were elected during the meeting. The elections were held in a spirit of responsibility and in an atmosphere of consensus and democracy. Anas al-Abda was elected as president of the Coalition and Abdulbaset Abdullatif as Secretary-General. Oqab Yahya, Abdel Hakim Bashar, and Dima Mousa were elected as Vice-presidents. The General Assembly also elected a new 19-member political committee.

The General Assembly also decided to assign Abdurrahman Mustafa to form the Syrian Interim Government within a maximum period of one month to approved by the General Assembly.

The General Assembly decided to hold the first meeting of the presidential body and the political committee at the headquarters of the Coalition in Syria. It also decided to hold a press conference outlining the plans of the new leadership in various areas and the importance of focusing on working inside Syria.

On the 2nd day of the meeting, the General Assembly discussed the reports of the president and his deputies and the Secretary-General. It also discussed the decisions and recommendations put forward by the political committee and its departments, sub-committees and offices.

Tabled for discussions were also the report of the Syrian Negotiation Commission which was presented by its head Nasr al-Hariri and the latest political developments. The Assembly also reviewed the work of the Syrian Interim Government and the Assistance Coordination Unit.

The General Assembly also discussed the reports submitted by the Idlib and rural Hama committees as well as the heroic resistance being shown by the FSA to the Assad regime and its allies’ onslaught. It also discussed the crimes being committed by the Assad regime such as the daily bombardment with the support of the Russian air force and some of the Iranian-backed militias. It also reviewed the activities and communications that were conducted by the presidential body and the political committee to put an end to this criminal onslaught and prevent the Assad regime and the Russian occupation forces from achieving their goals. The General Assembly highly commended the Turkish role in supporting the efforts of the Free Syrian Army to fend off this fierce onslaught on Idlib and the countryside of Hama.

Moreover, the General Assembly discussed the latest political, military and field realities and the situation of refugees and displaced persons, especially in Lebanon. It also discussed the suffering of Syrian refugees resulting from the inflammatory racist speech as well as the resultant persecution and harassment of the Syrian refugees by a certain Lebanese party. It discussed the Coalition’s communications and efforts in this regard.

The General Assembly stressed the importance of working inside Syria and supporting the programs and activities to activate its headquarters inside Syria. It also stressed the importance of reaching out to the forces of the Syrian revolution and to step up support for the Al-Jazeera and Al-Furat committees with the aim of achieving the objectives and approving the plans of action. It also stressed the importance of providing all forms of support for the Syrian Interim Government to carry out its various duties as the Coalition's executive arm.

The Commission condemned the arson that destroyed vast agricultural land and the deliberate targeting of the food security of the Syrian people. It held the regime and the PYD militia responsible for this crime as amounting to a war crime affecting the people living off agriculture. The crops fires affected all components of the Syrian people as the General Assembly called for holding accountable those responsible for those crimes and compensation for those affected.

The General Assembly also discussed the issue of detainees and missing persons in the prisons of the Assad regime and its militias. It listened to the report of the National Commission for the Affairs of Detainees and Missing Persons, which highlighted the tragic conditions of about a quarter of a million detainees and missing persons as well as the action of the Commission at the level of international organizations and the United Nations to draw the international attention to this issue.

May our wounded recover, our detainees be free, and our fallen heroes rest in peace.
May the Syrian revolution emerge victorious.

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30 June 2019 In Coalition News

The head of the Syrian Negotiation Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, stressed that a "sustainable" political solution in Syria comes only through the formation of a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) with full executive powers in line with the UN Security Council resolutions, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN resolution 2254.

The formation of the TGB is the "first step" towards reaching a political solution in Syria, Hariri said. He said that this depends on the will of the international community and Russia as well as the legitimacy of this demand in accordance with the international resolutions. He stressed that the formation of the TGB is key to implementing the UN Security Council resolution and the creation of a safe, neutral environment.

Hariri stressed the importance of implementing the humanitarian provision of the UN resolutions, including the release of detainees and holding war criminals accountable. He stressed that there will be no sustainable peace "without transitional justice.”

Moreover, Hariri pointed out that the Assad regime and Russia insist on a military solution, especially in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria which claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians. He added that this coincided with the Assad regime and Russia’s obstruction of the formation of a Constitutional Committee and stalling the political process altogether.

Hariri called on the UN and the main stakeholders to follow a new path to the political solution. He said: "We must return to the international resolutions that shaped the political solution in Syria, namely through the formation of TGB according to a specific timeline.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

29 June 2019 In Local News

The continued bombing campaign by the Assad regime and Russia has so far killed hundreds of civilians, including children and women in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria.

In a report released on Friday, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that it had registred the names of 522 civilians, including 129 children and 99 women, who have been killed since the start of the bombing campaign.

The Network said that at least 1,612 other civilians were wounded in the period between April 26 and June 28.

According to the report, the Assad regime supported by the Russian air force attacked 33 medical facilities, 77 schools, 47 mosques, and three IDP camps.

The Emergency Response Coordination Team on Monday said that at least 89,144 households, or about 579,257 people, have been displaced in northwestern Syria since April 29. It noted that the displaced people fled to around 35 locations in the Shield of the Euphrates and the Olive Branch areas as well as to the IDP camps near the border with Turkey.

The European Union on Friday expressed its deep concern over the escalating attacks by the Assad regime and Russia on residential areas and medical centers.

The Syrian Coalition on Saturday discussed the military escalation with a delegation from the US State Department and with the French President's Special Envoy for Syria. The Coalition called on the governments of the two countries to take action outside the UN Security Council to put an end to the military attacks targeting civilian and healthcare facilities. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

29 June 2019 In Political News

A leading international rights group said in a new report that the Assad regime is co-opting humanitarian aid and reconstruction assistance and sometimes using it to "entrench repressive policies."

Human Rights Watch called on donors and investors to ensure their contributions are used for the good of the Syrian people.

The Assad regime has developed a policy and legal framework to divert "reconstruction resources to fund its atrocities, punish those perceived as opponents, and benefit those loyal to it,” the New York-based group said in a 91-page report released in Geneva on Friday.

The report, “Rigging the System: Government Policies Co-Opt Aid and Reconstruction Funding in Syria,” looks at the Assad regime’s policies for and restrictions on humanitarian assistance and reconstruction and development funding to Syria.

“While seemingly benign, the Syrian government’s aid and reconstruction policies are being used to punish perceived opponents and reward its supporters,” said Lama Fakih, acting Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

“The Syrian government’s aid framework undermines human rights, and donors need to ensure they are not complicit in the government’s human rights violations.”

The report is based on 33 interviews with aid workers, donors, experts, and beneficiaries, as well as a review of publicly available data on humanitarian and development assistance and reconstruction.

Human Rights Watch found that the Assad regime restricts the access of humanitarian organizations to communities that need or allegedly receive aid, selectively approves aid projects, and imposes requirements to partner with security-vetted local actors.

“Humanitarian groups operating in Syria who are forced to accede to government demands may compromise their ability to serve populations in a rights-respecting manner. They have very little leverage to negotiate with the Assad regime.”

“Entities engaged in the monumental task of reconstructing Syria face many of the same problems, including restricted access to project areas and the requirement to partner with individuals or organizations implicated in abuse,” HRW added.

The watchdog group said that donors can operationalize a clearinghouse mechanism and create a consortium for humanitarian aid in Syria so that organizations and agencies adopt the same criteria for programming and prevent backsliding in standards when engaging with the government. Alongside humanitarian organizations, they should ensure that all humanitarian programming is accompanied by an independent monitoring system.

The Syrian Coalition earlier warned of the Assad regime’s exploitation of humanitarian aid and co-opting it to serve repressive policies against civilians.

The Coalition stressed that any country contributing to reconstruction efforts under the Assad regime will be seen as supporting the regime and its crimes against humanity. Reconstruction must be reached through a political solution, which will restore security and stability in the whole country. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

28 June 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition discussed the latest political developments regarding Syria with a delegation from the US State Department on Friday. Both sides also discussed the international efforts to reinvigorate the Geneva process in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, especially resolutions 2118 and 2254.

The meeting brought together a delegation from the Coalition headed by President Abdurrahman Mustafa and a delegation from the US State Department headed by Richard Outzen, senior adviser to the US envoy to Syria. They discussed the latest field and political developments in Syria, including most notably the latest military escalation by the regime and Russia in northwestern Syria and Iran’s growing influence in the institutions of the army and security as well as the Syrian society.

President Mustafa said that the US delegation “briefed us about the latest developments," pointing out that there is still an opportunity for progress in the political process, especially in the event of the formation of an expanded international group to support the efforts of the UN envoy to form the Constitutional Committee. He also said there is still opportnity for working on the negotiating process in Geneva and for discussing the rest of baskets of governance, elections, and the fight against terrorism in parallel.

President Mustafa thanked the US delegation for the efforts their country is exerting to de-escalate the situation in Syria and reach a nationwide ceasefire. He stressed the graveness of the regime’s continued bombing of civilians as well as healthcare facilities and residential buildings and the targeting of the Turkish observation points.

Moreover, President Mustafa said that the regime forces must withdraw to the pre-September 2018 lines, pointing to the need for forcing the Assad regime to abide by the ceasefire.

The Coalition’s representatives reviewed the situation of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the grave violations taking place against them. They stressed the need to take swift action to bring these violations to an end and ensure the refugees’ safety. They also stressed the need for US and international action to respond to the needs of the displaced persons in the Rukban camp near the Jordanian border and al-Hol IDP camp in al-Hasaka province as well as to ensure their safety and meet their needs.

The Coalition praised the Turkish and US efforts to reach agreements on northeastern Syria that ensure the protection and safety of the Syrian and Turkish peoples as well as their national security and territorial integrity.

The two sides exchanged views on the foundations of governance systems in the liberated areas in a way that brings greater stability and security for these areas and their inhabitants in all their components. They agreed that such governance needs also to contributes to the ultimate elimination of terrorist organizations and extremist ideology and strengthen the unity of the Syrian people and maintain Syria’s territorial integrity.

President Mustafa underscored the importance of eliminating the root causes of extremism, especially the presence of the Iranian sectarian militias and Iran's interference in the internal affairs of Syria.

He also stressed the need for the withdrawal of these militias from Syria and putting an end to the interference of the Iranian regime in Syria’s internal affairs.

Both sides stressed the need to activate accountability and transitional justice as well as the economic sanctions and legal action. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

28 June 2019 In Local News

As many as 50 Syrian civil organizations on Thursday sent a joint letter to the UN Security Council calling for immediate action on the issue of missing persons and detainees in Syria. They welcomed the issuance of UN Security Council Resolution 2474 which called for prioritizing the issue of detainees and missing persons.

The letter called on the UN Security Council and defenders of human rights to exercise pressure and take concrete measures to ensure the disclosure of the fate of thousands of missing persons and the launch of serious, transparent investigation as well as establish accountability mechanisms.

The letter stressed the issue of the missing persons as key to reaching peace; establish sustainable community peace; and build a state that is based on the rule of law that fights impunity and ends the use of enforced disappearance as a weapon of war.

Moreover, the letter called for an immediate end to the arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, and execution of detainees. It also called for preserving evidence and mass graves to ensure accountability.

The NGOs called for forcing the main parties to the conflict, especially the Assad regime and ISIS, to fully and unconditionally cooperate to reveal the fate of detainees and missing persons.

The Assad regime, despite issuing death notices for the missing persons after years of their disappearance, has yet to launch an independent, transparent investigation into the reasons for their deaths and disclose the location and conditions of their detention. The NGOs also called for an end to impunity that stands in the way of any sustainable peace in Syria.

Furthermore, the NGOs highlighted the importance of establishing a national institution under UN supervision to open secret and public detention centers to international inspectors and human rights organizations. They also called for supporting civil society organizations to carry out their research tasks, documentation of the missing persons, identification of the perpetrators, the provision of evidence to the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria and the IIIM to pursue investigations and prosecutions against the perpetrators of major crimes in Syria.

In a report issued in March, the Syrian Network for Human Rights said that about 128,000 people are still being detained or forcibly disappeared in the prisons of the Assad regime since 2011.

The Syrian Coalition earlier called on the UN Security Council and international organizations concerned with human rights and the United Nations to exert real pressure on the influential sides to force the Assad regime to disclose the fate of tens of thousands of civilians who are forcibly disappeared and ensure the immediate release of thousands of others detained in their prisons and security branches.

The UN Security Council, on request from Kuwait, on October 11 adopted resolution 2474 to discuss the issue of the missing persons, calling for the disclosure of their fate and the protection of civilians. The resolution also called upon parties to armed conflict to take all appropriate measures, to actively search for persons reported missing, to enable the return of their remains and to account for persons reported missing “without adverse distinction.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

28 June 2019 In Coalition News

The President of the Syrian Coalition, Abdurrahman Mustafa, received the French President's Personal Representative for Syria François Sénémaud and an accompanying delegation to discuss the latest developments in Syria and the war crimes the Russian-backed Assad forces are committing against Syrian civilians in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria.

President Mustafa called on France to take serious action outside the UN Security Council with the active countries to put an end to the military attacks on civilians and medical centers. He stressed the importance of maintaining the international will to hold war criminals accountable and prevent more atrocities.

President Mustafa also underscored the need to support the Idlib agreement and recommit to the ceasefire agreement. He called on "our friends in the French government to increase the international momentum on Syria to pave the way for a comprehensive political transition and full implementation of international resolutions on political transition.” He also called for increased pressure on the Assad regime to implement UN resolutions, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.

Moreover, President Mustafa said that the implementation of regional agreements and international resolutions would restore stability to Syria and the region. It would also curb terrorism being fueled by the Assad regime, Iran and the other terrorist organizations, adding that this would prevent new waves of refugees.

President Mustafa thanked France for its participation in the imposition of economic sanctions on the Assad regime. He called for the ratcheting up of economic pressure on the regime and more economic sanctions, especially on the foreign companies that support the regime and violate the sanctions imposed on it.

President Mustafa talked about the PYD militias’ violations against civilians east of the Euphrates River, which he said amounted to war crimes. The PYD militias are rounding up the young people for recruitment into its ranks, he said, adding that this militia is involved in the burning of agricultural land in the region, which led to the loss of tens of thousands of vital wheat and barley crops.

For his part, the French envoy stressed the importance of reaching a ceasefire as it would "help reach a political solution." He said that the regime’s ongoing military campaign is "malignantly executed’ as it targets civilians, hospitals, schools and markets.

Sénémaud also said that his country strongly condemns these attacks. He noted that France is prioritizing the humanitarian situation of civilians and the displaced persons and are working on new ideas that will help improve their conditions and enable them cope with the crisis. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

28 June 2019 In Political News

Ten Lebanese civil society organizations launched a campaign against racism and to show solidarity with the Syrian refugees and their rights in Lebanon. They slammed the fueling of hostility and hatred against refugees as they called for respect for international conventions and treaties and the enhancement of the contribution of refugees to the Lebanese economy.

In a press release issued on Thursday, the NGOs said that the hate speech is leading to more violence against refugees and displaced persons. "The past few weeks have witnessed several incidents, such as the deportation of refugees, the burning of tents, intimidating workers, incitement of hatred against vulnerable individuals and the erection of checkpoints by civilians telling Syrian refugees to leave.”

Dozens of Lebanese intellectuals, journalists and rights activists on Tuesday issued a statement denouncing the racist campaign against the Syrian refugees in Lebanon. They said that the Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is leading this “hysteria campaign.”

The statement said that the racist campaign is targeting people who were displaced from their country as a result of the brutality of the Assad regime. It noted that a component of the Lebanese government has been aiding the Assad regime in the displacement of Syrian civilians for the past few years.

The campaign, in which some of the local municipalities are involved, is accompanied by political, administrative and security measures by the Lebanese state. The statement described these measures as arbitrary and designed to humiliate the Syrian refugees and turn their lives into a living hell.

The signatories demanded the filing of complaints at law courts as they urged human rights organizations to take action to stop the campaigns targeting the Syrian refugees in Lebanon. They also stressed the importance of respecting the laws that criminalize racism

The Lebanese authorities have recently issued a decision to deport Syrian refugees who illegally entered Lebanon after April 24, 2019. Human rights activists said that the decision violated of the Lebanese constitution.

The Head of the Syrian Coalition’s Department of Refugee Affairs Amal Sheikho said that the Lebanese authorities have taken "unprecedented measures against the Syrian refugees,” citing the targeting of defecting Syrian army officers in preparation for their handover to the regime.

The Department has recently held meetings with lawyers, journalists, activists and politicians concerned about the affairs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. It discussed with them the violations against refugees and ways to take legal action to put an end to such violations and provide protection for refugees and restore their rights.

Sheikho stressed that the responsibility for the safety of Syrian refugees lies with the Lebanese authorities, calling on the United Nations to launch an urgent investigation and follow up on the cases to prevent the deportation of Syrianb refugees to the Assad regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

27 June 2019 In Coalition News

The Head of the Syrian Coalition’s Department of Refugee Affairs Amal Sheikho said that the Lebanese authorities have taken "unprecedented measures against the Syrian refugees,” citing the targeting of defecting Syrian army officers in preparation for their handover to the regime.

The Department has recently held meetings with lawyers, journalists, activists and politicians concerned about the affairs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. It discussed with them the violations against refugees and ways to take legal action to put an end to such violations and provide protection for refugees and restore their rights.

Sheikho stressed that the responsibility for the safety of Syrian refugees lies with the Lebanese authorities, calling on the United Nations to launch an urgent investigation and follow up on the cases to prevent the deportation of Syrianb refugees to the Assad regime.

Moreover, Sheikho said that tens of thousands of officers and soldiers in the Assad forces refused to carry out orders to kill civilians or shoot demonstrators, including those who fled to Lebanon to escape reprisal by the Assad regime which executes anyone who disobeyed his orders.

"We are appealing to the conscience of the world and its institutions, specifically the UNHCR and Amnesty International to intervene and prevent the handover of these officers to the Assad regime," Sheikho said.

She pointed out that Lebanon is a founding member of the United Nations and is committed to its Charter, particularly the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She also noted that Lebanon signed the Convention against Torture, the Article 2 of which prohibits the handover of those who may be subjected to extrajudicial killing and torture.

Sheikha stressed that the Lebanese authorities are obliged to abide by the resolutions and respect the rights of refugees on their territory. She called upon those authorities to respect their constitution and the reputation of their country as well as to reconsider all recent measures against Syrian refugees who fled death and arrest. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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