President of the Syrian National Coalition Anas Al-Abdeh said that the Constitutional Committee is not the political solution in Syria, but part of the political process, stressing that today’s priority must be put an end to the onslaught of the Assad regime and its backers on Idlib.
President Al-Abda made these remarks during an expanded meeting that brought together the Coalition’s Secretary-General, members of the political committee, and commanders of the Third Corps of the Syrian National Army in the town of Azaz in northern rural Aleppo on Thursday.
President Al-Abdah gave an overview of the latest political developments as he called for unity and cooperation to support the steadfastness of the people of Idlib and stop the war crimes against civilians there. He said: “We believe that the Assad regime will always seek to avoid implementing resolutions and agreements.”
The announcement about the formation of the Constitutional Committee should be seen as “one part of the political process,” President Al-Abdah said. He added that “we count on the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2254, including the formation of a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) and the drafting of a new constitution then the holding of fair elections under the auspices of the United Nations as well as the implementation of the humanitarian provisions, namely the establishment of a nationwide ceasefire, the release of detainees, and the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need.”
Moreover, President Al-Abdah stressed that the Coalition is keen on working with all the forces and institutions of the revolution, noting that the Coalition’s strategy begins with the establishment of good governance through an interim Syrian government capable of providing the best services to the population and the formation of a national army capable of protecting the liberated areas and restoring security and stability.
He also underscored the importance of starting to prepare for free, fair elections in the liberated areas, adding that the success of these elections will give the forces of the revolution legitimacy.
For his part, the Coalition’s Secretary-General, Abdul Basit Abdul Latif, stressed the importance of improving security in the liberated areas and preventing the enemies of the revolution from destabilizing these areas. “The work in the liberated areas gives hope to all Syrians for an ambitious, promising, administrative model.”
Participants in the meeting extensively discussed the plans of the Syrian Interim Government, especially the Ministry of Defense and the future of the political process and the realization of the aspirations of the Syrian people. President Al-Abda answered questions put forward by the participants. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas al-Abda, met with a group of activists who were displaced from the province of Homs in the town of Azaz in northern rural Aleppo on Thursday. The meeting discussed the conditions facing the IDPs in northwestern Syria and the latest political developments.
President Al-Abda reaffirmed the Coalition’s commitment to defending the rights of the Syrian people, especially the return of displaced people and refugees to their areas of origin after a real political transition is brought about in line with UN Security Council resolution 2254.
He pointed out that the mass forced displacement being carried out by the Assad regime and its backers from all regions to Syria’s north are blatant war crimes. He added that these crimes are part of the strategy of the regime and its backers to bring about a demographic change in the structure of Syrian society.
President Al-Abda stressed that the inaction of the international community gave the Assad regime a green light to commit more crimes against Syrian civilians, adding that these crimes will not go unpunished no matter how long it takes.
President Al-Abdah said that the Syrian Interim Government has already developed special programs to support the displaced people in the liberated areas, calling for unity and the combining of efforts to improve the situation and help improve the services. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr Al-Hariri, met with the Secretary General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, at the headquarters of the Arab League in New York. He called for an active Arab role in Syria as he pressed the League for serious, firm positions towards what is befalling civilians across Syria, especially in Idlib province.
The two sides discussed the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the “de-escalation zone” in northwestern Syria, especially the critical situation in Idlib as a result of the military campaign the Assad regime and its backers have launched in the region since late April. They also discussed the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announcement of the formation of the Constitutional Committee.
Al-Hariri stressed the need for an Arab action to stop the ongoing "carnage" in Syria; work towards a nationwide ceasefire; and ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid. He reasserted the Syrian people’s right to freedom, dignity, and a real democratic change.
Moreover, Al- Hariri pointed out that the Assad regime still insists on using brute force to suppress the Syrian people's revolution, counting on the help form its backers to pursue a bloody military solution.
Al-Hariri expressed his hope that the Constitutional Commission will pave the way for a real political transition in the country, stressing that this transition can be achieved through the full implementation of UN resolution 2254.
He pointed to the need to address the other important issues included in the resolution, especially the release of detainees and the establishment of a safe, neutral environment. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition held a legal workshop to discuss the Assad regime’s latest amnesty decree, its goals and the possible repercussions on refugees and detainees. The workshop brought together members of the Coalition, the Syrian Negotiations Commission, representatives of lawyers' syndicates, lawyers and human rights activists.
The workshop included the presentation of research papers that analyzed the text of the decree and highlighted the contradictions, politicization, lack of justice and deception against the Syrian people and the international community alike. It also included extensive discussion of the decree, its provisions and the need take action at the Arab and international levels to clarify its implications.
Yasser al-Farhan, member of the Coalition’s political committee, talked about the regime's “selectivity” with regards to crimes covered by the amnesty decree. He noted that this selectivity will allow the regime’s judges to classify the crimes in line with dictates from security apparatuses given the wide judicial discretion those judges have and the lack of judicial independence.
Al-Farhan, who is also the Coordinator of the National Commision for Detainees and Missing Persons, added that the Assad regime “issues an amnesty decree just on paper as it carries out new arrest and liquidations.” He pointed out that the Assad regime releases the criminals from its prisons and keeps political opponents and human rights defenders.
Member of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Tariq al-Kurdi, stressed the importance of exposing the Assad regime's attempts to deceive the Syrian people and the international community. He said the regime “wants to appear as if it still has the full authority to punish or pardon the Syrian people.”
Al-Kurdi stressed that the amnesty decree did not carry anything new, noting that there is still a large segment of Syrians at home and abroad who are at risk of prosecution by the regime’s security services even after the issuance of such decrees.
The primary goal of such move is to deceive the Syrian people and the international community, Al-Kurdi said, pointing out that the decree carries a lot of misinformation and deception. He said that many articles of the Terrorism Law and the General Penal Code still affect a wide segment of Syrians at home and abroad, especially the refugees and IDPs.
For his part, Lawyer Hassan Youssef of the Free Bar Association said that the issuance of the amnesty law comes in the context of serving the Assad regime's agenda and its policy of humiliating the people, stealing their resources, and denying them freedom in violation of the legal customs and traditions that say that laws are issued to serve the society and the people.
The Council of Aleppo’s Free Bar Association stressed the need to hold more such workshops to educate the society about the dangers of this decree and other decrees and laws aimed at taking revenge against the Syrian people.
The Council recommended working to expose the Assad regime's practices and its attempts to provide then with legal cover with the aim of taking revenge on its opponents. It also underscored the importance of supporting the legal work in the liberated areas and in the host countries to protect the Syrian people from the regime's crimes. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)