May 10, 2016
The Syrian Coalition calls on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities towards the situation in Hama Central Prison by taking immediate and concrete action in order to ensure the implementation of the deal reached with the help of the representatives of the detainees.
The Syrian Coalition stresses the need for the agreement to be put in writing. It also calls for the International Committee of the Red Cross to be assigned the role of a guarantor of the deal to ensure all terms of the deal are implemented and the detainees and their families are safe after release. Such steps are crucial to prevent the Assad regime from reneging on the agreement or emptying it of its content.
The Syrian Coalition also emphasizes the need for fully implementing the set of recommendations put forward on January 27, 2016 (updated on February 3, 2016) by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate all human rights violations in Syria.
The Syrian Coalition reiterates that the file of detainees in Assad’s prisons will always remain a top priority and that the Coalition will not accept using this file as a bargaining chip under any circumstance or within any political approach.
May our wounded recover, our detainees be free, and our fallen heroes rest in peace.
Long live Syria and its people, free and with honor.