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)
The delegation of the Syrian Negotiations Commission to New York held several important meetings on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. The meetings were focused on the importance of stopping the Assad regime and its backers’ onslaught on civilians across Syria, especially in Idlib province as well as on the announcement of the formation of the Constitutional Committee.
Member of the Commission Bader Jamous said that the delegation met the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, the US special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, and Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir.
Jamous, who is also member of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, pointed out that the delegation expressed its doubts about the willingness of the Assad regime and its bckers to stop attacks on civilians and civilian targets under the pretext of fighting terrorism. He stressed that the regime will seek to impede the political process which it was forced to engage in as it is still determined on pursuing a military solution.
For his part, Pedersen expressed optimism about revitalizing the political process in Syria which has long been stalled, adding that the first step in the political process has begun.
Jeffrey stressed that his country will push towards bringing about a political transition in Syria that guarantees the return of refugees and restores stability as well as security for the Syrian people. He reaffirmed his country's continued support for the Syrian Negotiations Commission and the political process.
Meanwhile, Al-Jubeir said that the Constitutional Committee will provide a gateway to the political process, adding that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will continue to support the Commission and the Syrian people in their quest for a political transition. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Turkoman Council, Wajeeh Juma, visited the office of the Syrian National Coalition in northern rural Aleppo and met with a number of the Coalition members and the Secretary-General of the Free Provincial Council of Aleppo Muhammad Jallou.
Participants in the meeting discussed the humanitarian situation in Idlib and the rest of the liberated areas as they stressed the need to work together to help the IDPs who fled their homes as a result of the brutal military campaign that the Assad regime has launched since late April.
Participants stressed that the Assad regime and its backers are committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria, especially in Idlib. They pointed out that these heinous crimes must not go unpunished.
Moreover, the meeting touched on the future of the liberated areas, the importance of empowering the Syrian Interim Government, and the developoment of projects to improve services, security and stability.
Participants stressed that the success of the Syrian Interim Government's work will reflect positively on civilians, alleviate the suffering of the IDPs, and produce a model for civil administration contrary to the corrupt, tyrannical Assad regime, which will in turn help achieve a genuine political transition in Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
A delegation from the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee for the Follow-up on the Affairs of the Syrian Refugees in Turkey met with the Directorate of Migration in Istanbul to discuss the latest requests submitted to the Committee within the framework of the implementation of the latest decisions to settle the legal status the Syrian nationals residing in Turkey.
Participants in the meeting, the second of its kind in September, included Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Office of Refugee Affairs, Amal Sheikhou, member of the Coalition Yusuf Mahilli, member of the Committee Ahmed Bakoura, and Istanbul Provincial Director of Migration Recep Batu. The two sides agreed to provide more facilitations to solve the problems facing Syrian nationals in Istanbul.
Sheikho pointed out that the Coalition submitted to the Directorate of Immigration the requests it received after it sorted them out and arranged them into categories. She said that the Office proposed solutions and ideas for improving and expediting the settlement of the status of Syrian nationals in Istanbul.
For his part, Batu said that unregistered Syrian nationals must apply for the Temporary Protection ID Card before October 30th, adding that the next step will involve the reunification of households that the majority of their members are registered in Istanbul.
Regarding the facilitations the Directorate are providing to the Syrian nationals, Batu pointed out that they opened a new center in Esenler district and a mobile one in Esenyurt district whose task will be the provision of facilitations to unregistered Syrians and the issuance of travel permits.
Batu pointed out that Syrian nationals can now obtain travel permits from new centers at the entrance of Sabiha and Istanbul airports by producing the plane ticket and the Temporary Protection ID Card provided that the destination is to the same province in which the traveler was registered. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Members of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Shehadi and Najib Rahmoun meet with the Board Directors of the Local Coordinating Committees in the cultural center in the town of Ma'aret Al-Nouman in rural Idlib and discussed the necessity of activating the peaceful civil movement and reviving the principles of the Syrian Revolution.
Participants in the meeting stressed the need to unify the revolutionary movement in the liberated areas and to work on highlighting the basic demands of the Syrian people and conveying their message to the world.
Participants also discussed the dire conditions in Idlib and the ongoing crimes against civilians by the Assad regime and its backers as they stressed that these crimes “will not pass without accountability” as accountability is an essential part of the political solution in Syria.
Shehadi and Rahmoun called on members of the Coordinating Committees to strengthen communication with the Coalition and increase coordination with regard to civil and revolutionary activities. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Negotiations Commission said that the formation of the Constitutional Committee under the auspices of the United Nations will be a gateway to the full implementation of the provision of UN Security Council resolution 2254, especially the release of detainees and the formation of a Transitional Governing Body (TGB) key to providing a safe, neutral environment in order to ensure a transition for a better future.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Commission expressed its appreciation for the efforts exerted to accomplish this step as it called on members of the Committee to “make its goal Syria's highest interest and a return to a free, dignified life.”
The Commission stressed that it will remain constantly vigilant against any attempts by the Assad regime to impede the work of the Committee. “We recognize that the road is extremely difficult, but any action remains easy compared to the immense sacrifices the Syrian people are making.”
The UN Secretary-General of Antonio Guterres on Monday announced the formation of the Constitutional Committee, telling reporters that the UN will facilitate the work of the Committee in Geneva where it will convene in the coming weeks.
Guterres pointed out that his special envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen, had facilitated the agreement in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 (2015), stressing the need to immediately stop attacks against civilian targets. He urged the UN Security Council member states to support the efforts to reach a ceasefire. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Interim Government’s Minister of Defense, Major General Salim Idris, conducted a field tour to positions and formations of the Syrian National Army and the Military Police Corps where he met with officers and commanders as part of SIG’s efforts to maintain security and strengthen stability in the liberated areas and build a professional army.
Members of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Shehadi and Najib Rahmoun met with the Director of the Military Police Corps at the headquarters of the Military Police.
Participants in the meetings stressed the importance of all institutions combining their efforts for the success of SIG’s plan of action which gives priority to the maintenance of security and the building of a professional army in accordance with international standards.
For his part, Idris stressed the need to incorporate all the military formations deployed in the liberated areas into the Syrian National Army and restructuring it according to the new formation.
Idris also called for addressing the security issues in order to prevent any security breach or bombings in civilian areas. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Members of the Syrian National Coalition met with members of the Syrian Islamic Council in the town of al-Bab in northern rural Aleppo. Both sides discussed the humanitarian crisis in Idlib resulting from the Assad regime and Russia’s onslaught on the region and the Coalition’s ongoing efforts to ensure protection of civilians and an end to the shelling on Idlib.
Participants in the meeting included members of the Coalition Ahmed Shehadi and Najib Rahmoun as well as Director of the Office of the Syrian Islamic Council in Syria Sheikh Abdullah Rahal.
Rahmoun talked about the Coalition’s work mechanism which focuses on the presence in the liberated areas through its offices and executive institutions, most notably the Syrian Interim Government.
Rahmoun pointed out that the Coalition seeks to strengthen the relationship with the revolutionary institutions and organizations operating in the liberated areas and which share the same goals.
Moreover, Rahmoun stressed the importance of the unification of efforts to support the steadfastness of the opposition fighters in Idlib, fend off the Assad regime and Russian onslaught on the region, and provide assistance to the hundreds of thousands of IDP. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)