Jamous: Holding Assad to Account is Key to Bringing About Real Political Transition

A leading figure in the Syrian Coalition said that the crimes of the Assad regime against the Syrian people “cannot be forgotten,” stressing that these crimes “will continue to bring shame on the entire international community which is yet to assume its responsibilities to stop such crimes and hold those responsible to account.” In a statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the Daryya Massacre, member of the Coalition’s political committee Badr Jamous said that “the emergence of cross-border terrorism was the result of the international community’s failure to hold the terrorist Assad regime accountable for the thousands of crimes … Continue reading Jamous: Holding Assad to Account is Key to Bringing About Real Political Transition

Tunisia: Dispute Between Parties Delays Ministerial Amendment

Tunisia’s Prime Minister-designate Youssef Chahed speaks during a news conference after his meeting with Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi (not pictured) in Tunisia, Tunis August 3, 2016 Tunisia- Stances expressed by Ennahdha Party and Al Nidaa Party have revealed a huge difference in points of view towards the ministerial amendment that was announced by Prime Minister of Tunisia Yousef El-Shahed, before he delayed its implementation later on. The ministerial amendment has been proposed since April when Shahed dismissed ministers of education, finance and investment. Reliable sources stated that Shahed hasn’t yet finalized the ideal figures to replace the three sacked … Continue reading Tunisia: Dispute Between Parties Delays Ministerial Amendment

Syrian Coalition: Supporting Services Projects Should be a Priority Ahead of Political Transition Without Assad

Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir Hakim said that the Coalition’s current strategy is aimed at enabling the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) to implement the services projects and public policies that were developed in preparation for the transitional phase that will follow the political solution without Bashar al-Assad. In a meeting with Australis’s Ambassador to Turkey, Marc Innes-Brown, Hakim called on all friends of the Syrian people, including Australia, to support the Geneva negotiations to reach a political solution in which Bashar al-Assad and his clique do not have any role to play. Hakim stressed that the Coalition is keen … Continue reading Syrian Coalition: Supporting Services Projects Should be a Priority Ahead of Political Transition Without Assad

Egypt’s court media ban limits public access to trials

  CAIRO — Egypt’s Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) decision No. 1308 published on Aug. 14 to ban media coverage of all trials via audiovisual devices has stirred much controversy in human rights, media and judicial circles. Some see it as a means to prevent citizens from knowing what is happening in trials and a major restriction of freedom against journalists covering Egypt’s judicial issues. In the first implementation of this decision, just one day after its issuance, the head of the Criminal Court of Cairo, Judge Hassan Farid, banned photojournalists from attending the hearing of 20 defendants in case No. 239 of 2015. They are accused of joining a … Continue reading Egypt’s court media ban limits public access to trials

Syrian Coalition: Assad’s Survival Will Only Spawn More Terrorism

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee on Friday met with representatives of friends of the Syrian people to discuss the latest field and political developments in Syria. The two sides discussed the plight of civilians in Raqqa in the presence of head of the local council in Raqqa, Saad Shawish, and a number of activists from the province. The political committee called for the opening of humanitarian corridors for civilians trapped in the city to escape and for the delivery of humanitarian and medical aid to civilians fleeing the ravaged city. Hundreds of civilians, including children and women, have been killed … Continue reading Syrian Coalition: Assad’s Survival Will Only Spawn More Terrorism

Syrian Coalition & FSA Representatives Emphasize Importance of Coordination to Meet Upcoming Challenges

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee met with representatives of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in the presence of President Riad Seif at the Coalition headquarters in Istanbul on Wednesday. The two sides discussed the latest field and political developments in Syria, most notably the Assad regime and its allies’ repeated violations of the ceasefire agreements as well as the role of the guarantors of these agreements in ensuring complete compliance. They also discussed the issues that need to be dealt with urgently, including the delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need. The meeting also discussed the stalled Geneva … Continue reading Syrian Coalition & FSA Representatives Emphasize Importance of Coordination to Meet Upcoming Challenges

Consultations on Implementation of New Projects in Cooperation with Syrian Interim Government

Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir Hakim said that the Coalition is carrying on with its plan for the year 2017 to develop projects that would lay the foundation for the transitional period and that which will follow a just political solution in which Assad and his clique must have no role to play. Hakim was speaking at a meeting with Kate Johnston, Head of the Syria CSSF Program, Tara Soomoro, Head of DFID Conflict and Stability Programs, and Mohammad Shamaa, Governance Advisor in the UK Department for International Development at the Coalition headquarters in Istanbul on Tuesday. Hakim briefed … Continue reading Consultations on Implementation of New Projects in Cooperation with Syrian Interim Government