Statement to Public Opinion:
UN Resolution 2,254 on Syria recommended confidence-building procedures which included releasing detainees from prisons, but this recommendation has not been implemented, and thousands of Syrian families are still suffering from the consequences of this file, despite local, regional, international initiatives and appeals, the latest of which is the initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Antonio Guterres and special envoy for Syria, Mr. Geir Pedersen. With the news of poor conditions of detention and degrading human dignity, in addition to instructions of the World Health Organization about ways to prevent infectious diseases and with the phenomenon of outbreak of Corona epidemic, mandatory application of (social divergence) which is impossible to apply in places of detention in the world.
We in the Syrian Democratic Council SDC believe that releasing of all detainees, prisoners of opinion and conscience, the kidnapped and revealing the fate of the missing is a guarantee for any sustainable political solution, as it would contribute to alleviating societal, protecting civil peace and rebuilding trust between Syrians.
The Syrian Democratic Council - in compliance with the principles of international human rights law and everything that would ease the sufferings of the Syrians and work to achieve their dream of freedom, democracy and justice in a democratic decentralized country - and in response to the United Nations initiative, it calls on all parties in Syria to release all the detainees and the kidnapped, to reveal the fate of the missing and forcibly disappeared. It calls on all parties to reveal the places of arrest, detention and seizure of freedom.
We raise our voice with the families of the detainees, the kidnapped and the missing, for the sake of a rapid movement of local, international organizations and bodies to stand with the sufferings of the detainees and their families, adopt their demands and put pressure on all parties to the conflict for that.
We in the Syrian Democratic Council believe that releasing of all detainees, prisoners of opinion and conscience, the kidnapped and revealing the fate of the missing is a guarantee for any sustainable political solution, as it would contribute to alleviating societal congestion, protecting civil peace and rebuilding trust among Syrians.
The Syrian Democratic Council seeks to make the file of the detainees, the kidnapped and the disappeared by force, to be a humanitarian file, above negotiation, and that it should not be linked to development of the file of political settlement.
Therefore, we announce our readiness to work jointly with each Syrian civil and human rights organization with the aim of forming a work team from the families of the detainees and the kidnapped and legal professionals and civil society activists. The mechanism of the team’s work and their names will be announced in a special press conference, and work to make this file constantly present in light of the recent military and political developments, give it moral, political and humanitarian importance and bring it back to the spotlight again.
The Syrian Democratic Council will do whatever is necessary to make the required progress and eliminate all ambiguities in the file of detention. In this field, it has a series of steps and procedures that will be announced as soon as possible.
March 28, 2020
The Syrian Democratic Council