Vice President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Ruba Habboush, received Victims of Human Rights Violations Group and discussed with them the conditions of female survivors from the Assad regime’s prisons
The meeting brought together SOC’s President Nasr Al-Hariri, Head of the National Commission for Detainees and Missing Persons Yasser Al-Farhan, Coordinator of the SOC’s Office of Syrian Communities Abroad Muhammad Yahya Maktabi, and Coordinator of the SOC’s Department of Civil Society Organizations Zuhair Muhammad.
The SOC’s members listened to testimonies from female survivors from Assad’s prisons and accounts of the brutal torture female detainees are going through in the prisons of the Assad regime.
Al-Hariri stressed that the Assad regime is detaining women and harassing them in its prisons with the aim of hurting the dignity of the Syrian people and intimidating them.
Al-Hariri also said that Syrian women are making tremendous sacrifices for the sake of the Syrian revolution, stressing the need for engaging women in all aspects of life, especially political activity. He talked about the SOC’s expansion of the representation of women in the General Assembly.
Moreover, Al-Hariri stressed that the SOC is avidly seeking to convey the voice of detainees and ensure their release. He also stressed that the SOC deals with the issue of detainees as a priority and a fundamental issue, adding that the SOC has sent many letters and legal memoranda to the United Nations and the major actors in Syria.
He also stressed the need to prevent the Assad regime from using the issue of detainees as a bargaining chip in the political process, adding that the issue must not be subject to negotiations.
For their part, members of the rights group talked about the suffering and needs of the female survivors, stressing the need for continued communication and coordination in order to ensure that the voice of female survivors and detainees is heard loud and clear. They also underscored the need to support the groups that deal with the plight of female survivors and detainees. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)