Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition Salwa Aksoy called on the US and Canadian governments to put pressure on the Assad regime to release prisoners in its prisons, especially women who are subjected to systematic, brutal torture.
Aksoy made her remarks during a meeting with Jill E. Hutchins, Political Officer in the US Syrian Transition Team, and Robin Wettlaufer, Representative of Canada to the Syrian Opposition, at the headquarters of the Syrian Coalition in Istanbul on Friday.
Aksoy called on the governments of the two countries to expose the regime’s crimes and violations against women and to step up support for organizations concerned in the affairs of female detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime.
Participants in the meeting discussed the political representation of women in the Syrian Coalition and opposition institutions and ways to empower Syrian women politically and make their voice heard loud and clear in international forums.
Aksoy urged the two friendly countries to support political transition in Syria as the most feasible way to provide a safe environment for women to assume greater role in the decision-making process. She went on to say that the survival of the Assad regime will jeopardized any process aimed at empowering Syrian women in society. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)