Syrian Opposition Coalition
Department of Media and Communications
June 16, 2023
The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) deeply mourns the devastating sinking of a boat carrying numerous Syrian refugees and individuals from other nationalities near the Greek coast. This tragic incident has resulted in the loss of many lives, including a significant number of Syrian asylum seekers. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of the victims, as well as the Syrian people, who are once again faced with this heart-wrenching tragedy.
The SOC emphasizes that the Assad regime bears full responsibility for the ongoing migration crisis and the continuous influx of asylum seekers. The regime’s repressive tactics, in conjunction with its persistent and grave violations of human rights against the Syrian people, contribute to the desperate situation and the high number of individuals seeking asylum. The unjustified detention and torture in its prisons further exacerbate the plight of the Syrian people.
The hazardous risks that Syrians undertake in their pursuit of asylum underscore the impossibility of living under the rule of the Assad regime and its criminal approach, as well as the sectarian militias loyal to it. These risks also disprove the regime’s false claims that areas under its control are secure. Therefore, the SOC categorically rejects the deportation of Syrian refugees until a political transition in Syria, in accordance with UN resolutions, particularly Resolution 2254, is achieved.
Syrians are left with no choice but to flee from the constant threats of death or arrest, which they perceive as inevitable if they are compelled to return to the terrorist Assad regime and its oppressive security services. Without a safe and neutral environment that guarantees a voluntary and dignified return, the option of return remains unfeasible.
We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who are still missing. May God grant them safety and protection during this difficult time.