Ezdina organizes a dialogue session for representatives of religious and national minorities in Tirbespiyê/Al-Qahtaniyah

Ezdina Organization organized a dialogue session within the project "A Constitution That Protects Us" at the Yazidi House in Tirbespiyê/Al-Qahtaniya.

The session, which is considered the seventeenth in Northeastern Syria, was held on the work of the Constitutional Committee and the Geneva conferences, in the presence of representatives of the religious and national minorities in the town and its countryside.

Among the participats in the dialogue session:
  • Member of the Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria, Abbas Hussein.
  • Member of the Women's Bureau in the Syrian Democratic Council Nahia Al-Suleiman.
  • Representing the Yazidi component Fares Shamo.
  • Activist Avinda Yousef,
  • Member of the Jiyan Association Renas Malki.
  • Administrator in the Peace Party Ohoud Al-Waro.
  • Teacher Mohammad Salih.
  • Member of the Democratic Islam Conference Mullah Abdul Rahman Badrakhan.
  • Representing the Yazidi component, Ibrahim Bahadi.
  • Member of the Syriac Union Party Adib Shabo.
  • Member of the Peace Committee activist Saif Al-Din Khalil.
  • Member of the Senate Youssef Elias.
  • Member of the Public Relations Office of the Syrian Democratic Council, Abdul Baqi Hamza.
  • Member of the Syriac Union Party, Perola Youssef.

A member of the Yazidis Federation in Germany also participated in the dialogue session, Felemaz Gharibo, via the Zoom.

The dialogue session dealt with several axes about the work and establishment of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, the Geneva conferences and their results, the political process in Syria, and how to reach a political settlement of the situation in Syria.

The session was moderated by Dr. Abeer Hassaf, and the member of the Constitutional Committee, Dr. Dorson Oskan.

Member of the Syrian Democratic Council Relations Office, Abdul Baqi Hamza, said that the Baathist regime monopolized all matters in Syria and did not allow civil organizations, other political parties and components in the region to exercise their rights.

Hamza added that the name "Syrian Arab Republic" is the biggest proof of that, and pointed out that the Kurdish component was oppressed under the Baath regime, as their areas remained marginalized, in addition to the marginalization of the Arab component residing within the areas where the Kurds are present.

In turn, one of the Yezidi Kurdish notables, Faris Shammo demanded recognition of the Yezidis as one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the East.

Shamo pointed out that the Yazidis have been subjected to genocide campaigns against them throughout the long history, and they have been subjected to injustice by the Syrian regime by seizing their property and lands and not being recognized in the Syrian Personal Status Law.

Shamo pointed out that there is no legal document or paragraph in the previous Syrian constitution that indicates their presence in the Syrian geography.

For his part, Mullah Abdul Rahman Badrakhan, a member of the Democratic Islam Conference, stressed that there are always wars in the name of religion, such as the "Crusades and Islamic wars", where religion is exploited for personal and political reasons, even though religion itself is a social issue, because the messages of all the prophets were aimed at reforming society.

The member of the Yazidi Federation from Germany, Felemaz Gharibo talked about 13 unfair articles against the religions and components existing in Syria in the Syrian constitution.

Gharibou pointed to the great exclusion that occurred against the Yazidis as a religion in Syria, despite the presence of an article in the Syrian constitution that emphasizes respect for all religions and cultures.

In turn, the member of the Constitutional Committee, Dr. Dorsen Oskan, spoke about the nine Geneva meetings, and about the lack of seriousness of all parties in order to reach 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 a waste of 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:
  • Guarantee the rights of all components and religions.
  • Religion is an individual relationship and the state is the representative of society.
  • Religious, national, racial, ethnic and cultural pluralism.
  • Preserving and defending women's rights, as well as the rights of the family and childhood.
  • Human life is protected according to international law.
  • Writing a new modern constitution.
  • Recognition of religions and separation of religion from the state.
  • Democratic self-administration is the best form for the current stage in Syria
  • The system of government is decentralized, democratic, secular.
  • Existence of supra-constitutional principles.
  • Transitional Justice.
  • Ensuring citizenship rights for all Syrian components.
  • Remove all racist provisions from previous constitutions.

Last Saturday, June 12, Ezdina held its fifteenth dialogue session at the Yazidi House in the town of Tirbespiyê, in the presence of women, civil activists, politicians and media figures.

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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