Seif Meets de Mistura in Geneva, Stresses No Role for Assad in Syria’s Future

President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif said that the Syrian opposition will not accept any role for Bashar Al-Assad neither in the transitional period nor in the future of Syria. He stressed that achieving a political transition should be on top of the agenda of the current round of talks in Geneva as he considered transition to be key to restoring security and stability in Syria. Seif made his remarks at a meeting with the UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday. The meeting was also attended by members of … Continue reading Seif Meets de Mistura in Geneva, Stresses No Role for Assad in Syria’s Future

Guardian: Terrorizing Syrian People Is ‘Old Habit for Assad Dynasty’

The Assad regime’s attempts to conceal traces of the massacres it is committing in Syria are a cynical ploy which must not be allowed to succeed, said a Guardian editorial Tuesday. The article referred to reports by the US State Department that the Assad regime has built a crematorium at the notorious Sednaya Prison to dispose of the bodies of murdered detainees. “Burning bodies was a tactic used in Bosnia in the mid-1990s. It took years to find and prosecute those responsible, but it was done,” said the Guardian. “Terrorizing one’s own population is an old habit for the Assad … Continue reading Guardian: Terrorizing Syrian People Is ‘Old Habit for Assad Dynasty’

Activists & HNC Members Hold Sit-in outside UN Geneva HQ Calling for Release of Detainees in Assad’s Prisons

Syrian activists on Wednesday held a sit-in outside the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland calling for the release of detainees in the prisons of the Assad regime. Participants of the sit-in, who included members of the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) and relatives of detainees, held placards stressing that they are making their demands on behalf of every Syrian family having their loved ones detained in Assad’s prisons. Participants called for exercising pressure on the Assad regime to “immediately disclose all the names of detainees in its prisons; reveal their whereabouts and fate; and stop torture and ill-treatment of … Continue reading Activists & HNC Members Hold Sit-in outside UN Geneva HQ Calling for Release of Detainees in Assad’s Prisons

Hakim Calls on UK to Support Geneva Talks to Reach Political Transition

Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir Hakim called on the United Kingdom to support the Geneva negotiations to bring about a political solution in line with the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and the UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254 calling for the establishment of a transitional governing body without Assad or his inner circle. Hakim was speaking during a meeting with political officer Tom Shepherd and Nebras Hassan from the British consulate in Turkey. Shepherd praised the plan of action outlined by the new presidential body. The two sides discussed the latest political and field developments, especially the sixth … Continue reading Hakim Calls on UK to Support Geneva Talks to Reach Political Transition

Hariri Condemns Assad’s Killing Machine as 15 Civilians Killed in Airstrikes on Hammouriya near Damascus

The Syrian opposition delegation to the Geneva talks denounced Bashar Al-Assad’s “killing machine,” saying that 15 civilians were killed and 70 more wounded in airstrikes on a public market in the town of Hammouriya in Rural Damascus on Saturday. Nasr Hariri, lead negotiator of the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC), said after meeting the UN envoy on Saturday that terror in Syria is represented by the Assad regime, militias of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, ISIS, and Al-Qaeda. “I am talking about the killing machine and terror machine of the Assad regime,” Hariri said, reading the names of victims of the … Continue reading Hariri Condemns Assad’s Killing Machine as 15 Civilians Killed in Airstrikes on Hammouriya near Damascus

Tunisian official: No new version of reconciliation law

Image of Abdellatif Mekki There is no new version of the Tunisia’s National Reconciliation Law, the head of the Ennahda movement said yesterday. In an interview with QudsPress, Abdellatif Mekki added that there are calls to draft a broader national reconciliation law outside the transitional justice phase. He explained that the movement’s position of the old reconciliation law has not changed, noting that the old structure is working hard to prepare for the upcoming elections in 2019. Read: Tunisia’s democratic transition has some achievements but still faces obstacles Mekki warned that the controversy over the reconciliation law, which he believes … Continue reading Tunisian official: No new version of reconciliation law

More Syrian Rebels, Families Evacuate Homs under Regime Deal

Buses transport rebel fighters and their families who evacuated the besieged Waer district in the central Syrian city of Homs Hundreds of rebels and their families left their last bastion in Syria’s Homs city on Monday,as part of an ongoing evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the regime, state media and a monitor said. Heavy fighting between rebel groups and regime forces further north in Hama province over the weekend had delayed their departure from the city’s al-Waer district, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The regime has denied … Continue reading More Syrian Rebels, Families Evacuate Homs under Regime Deal