Ezdina concludes its dialogue sessions in Amuda with a session for civil society leaders

The Ezdina Organization held its eleventh dialogue session within the framework of the project "A Constitution That Protects Us", today, Thursday, at Kulturvan Center in the city of Amuda, in the presence of civil society and clan leaders from Amuda and its countryside.

The dialogue session was attended by:
  • Mr. Abdul Qadir Watti, representing the "Karakji" clan.
  • Director of Aso Center for Strategic Studies and Research, Juma Khuzaym.
  • Director of the Jan Center for People with Special Needs, Khawla Ibrahim.
  • Social reformer, Hussein Shehadeh.
  • Political activist, Idris Piran.
  • Leader of the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party, Saad Eddin Hasso.
  • Civil activist, Balqis Hussein.
  • Member of the Kurdistan Women's Union, Hindiya Youssef.
  • Former director of "Together for Amuda" Center, Sherin Qajo.
  • Member of the Women Peace Leaders Network, Nisreen Mousa.
  • Member of the Notables Authority of North and East Syria, Hakam Khalo.
  • Mr. Abdullah Al-Issa, representing the "Nasrah" clan.
  • Member of the Kurdish Clans Council in the Jazira region, Fahad Dakouri.
  • Member of the Yazidi House in Amuda, Ismail Dalaf.
  • Political activist, Rodi Younis.
  • Mr. Omar Kilo, representing the "Slifa" clan.

The dialogue session was moderated by Dr. Abeer Hassaf, while a member of the Constitutional Committee, Dr. Dorsen Oskan, participated in the dialogue session via the “Zoom” program.

The dialogue session, which lasted about three hours, dealt with several axes on the Syrian crisis, the Geneva conferences, the upcoming Syrian constitution, the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva, the demands of civil society and clan 
leaders, and their proposals on Syria's future constitution.

Member of the Notables Authority of North and East Syria, Hakam Khalo, said during his participation in the session that the proportion of the Kurds is about 15 percent of the Syrian people, therefore their representation in the committee should be according to this percentage, whether it is in the mini-committee or the general committee.

In turn, the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party, Saad Eddin Hasso, said that it is necessary to search for a mechanism for forming the constitution first, and then to put clauses above the constitution to meet the needs of the Syrian people of all stripes.

For her part, the former director of the "Together for Amuda" Center, activist Sherin Qajo, spoke about the marginalization of civil society, where many meetings and seminars were held in North and East Syria to collect the people's demands and deliver them to international platforms, but they were not deafened.

In turn, a member of the Yazidi House in Amuda, Ismail Dalaf, pointed out that the current Syrian constitution does not recognize the existence of the Yazidi component as an existing religion, and the Yazidis have not exercised their rights in personal status courts as a result of their non-recognition.

In turn, a member of the Constitutional Committee, Dr. Dorsen Oskan, spoke via the Zoom program about the nine Geneva meetings, pointing out that all parties were not serious about reaching a solution to the Syrian crisis.

Dorsen added that constitutional issues were addressed in only one Geneva conference, while the rest of the sessions were wasting time and procrastination from the participating parties.

For her part, the session facilitator, Dr. Abeer Hassaf, spoke about the establishment and composition of the Constitutional Committee and the drawbacks of representing the Committee, in addition to talking about the main reasons for the failure of the Constitutional Committee in its work so far.

At the conclusion of the dialogue session, the attendees agreed on a set of recommendations and proposals to be submitted to the Syrian Constitutional Committee, which included:
  • Paving the way for writing the constitution by agreeing on a political solution that suits all Syrians.
  • The constitution includes fixed, immutable supra-constitutional principles.
  • State form: Syria is a pluralistic, decentralized, democratic state.
  • The name of the country: the State of Syria - the Syrian Democratic Republic.
  • The system of government is parliamentary.
  • Separation of religion and state.
  • The state flag, emblem and national anthem should suit all components of the Syrian people.
  • Maintaining individual and collective rights and freedoms.
  • Acknowledgment of the national diversity of the Syrian people and recognition of the national specificity of the Kurdish people and that they live on their historical land.
  • Freedom of belief and religion, recognition of all religions and respect for their privacy, and the freedom to practice religious rites for every religion or sect in Syria "Islam, Christianity, Yazidis, Druz".
  • The existence of a constitutional court to protect the constitution and ensure its implementation.
  • Freedom of expression and opinion.
  • Gender equality while ensuring the right of women to political work, participation in decision-making positions.
  • The neutrality and independence of state institutions.
  • Support and development of civil society organizations.
  • Commitment to international covenants with regard to human rights.
  • Not specifying the gender and religion of the head of state.
  • The necessity of the existence of international parties guarantors of the implementation of the new constitution.
Ezdina Organization held its tenth dialogue session within the framework of the project "A Constitution That Protects Us", last Tuesday, May 25, at the Kulturvan Center in the city of Amuda, in the presence of representatives of religious and national minorities in North and East Syria.

It is noteworthy that Ezdina launched a new project in Northeastern Syria, under the title "A Constitution That Protects Us", starting on February 23, 2021.



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