Syrian Women Commission
The stance that has recently been made by the Syrian Women’s Political Movement before the UN Security Council represents only this Movement as it has failed to convey the vision of the Syrian women, especially those in Syria.
The Syrian people are well aware of the facts and reject any discourse that tries to overlook these facts; equate the victims with the oppressors; or avoid mentioning the main reason behind instability in the liberated areas. This instability is caused by the murderous Assad regime and the Russian occupation through constant bombings and attacks on civilians as well as sending car bombs to civilian neighborhoods and communities.
The Assad regime is mainly to blame for the mass forced displacement. The Syrian National Army and the revolutionary factions affiliated with it are working in the interest of the Syrian people and defending them. It has already sacrificed tens of thousands of fighters in order to protect civilians and confront the Assad regime forces, its allied sectarian militias and terrorist organizations, especially ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Hezbollah militia, Iran, the PKK and its Syrian offshoots.
It was hoped that the Syrian Women’s Political Movement, in its speech before the UN Security Council, would stand up to the Assad regime’s misleading narrative; put the facts before the international community; and make it clear that the authoritarian Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies bear primary responsibility for the brutal crimes and violations that have been going on for ten years. Instead, the Movement has put the regime on an equal footing with the revolution and opposition forces that are seeking to provide services to the local population and the forcibly displaced people.
The speech of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement has fallen short of mentioning the bombing that takes place almost daily in rural Idlib by Russia, Iran and the Assad regime, as well as the bombing that targets Afrin in rural Aleppo by the PYD terrorist militia, including the recent bombing of a hospital in Afrin. It also failed to convey the message of the IDPs and civilians in Idlib. Moreover, it failed to give the renewal of the authorization for the delivery of humanitarian aid the importance it deserves despite the world’s preoccupation with this issue these days.
Those who claim to speak on behalf of the Syrian women, who are making tremendous sacrifices, must be clear and frank, call things by their names, and not to prevaricate about telling the truth and narrating the facts.
We in the Syrian Women Commission stress the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities with regard to the situation in Syria, including putting an end to the Assad regime’s crimes, military escalation and siege, and continued arrest and torture of civilians.
The murderous regime and its allies are the ones who are disrupting the political process for fear of accountability and the inevitable punishment for all those who committed war crimes against the Syrian people, especially the use of chemical crimes and torturing detainees to death. There is a pressing need for a serious international stance to impose a political transition in Syria and put an end to the ongoing suffering of the Syrian people.