The Syrian Freedom Charter

7 Apr
“The Syrian Freedom Charter is a national unity document based on tens of thousands of face-to-face interviews with Syrians, in every governorate of the country, about what kind of society they want. Over the course of a year, a team of over 100 activists assembled by FREE-Syria and the Local Coordination Committees (LLC) of Syria, completed more than 50,000 surveys.” — (Danny Postel, Pulse Media)

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We, the people of Syria, from across her cities, towns, and villages; from across her diaspora; from our diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and religious sects; women and men of Syria – affirm to ourselves and announce to the world our vision and dreams of a free nation – one that is devoid of oppression, ignorance, and discrimination. We want:

  • An inclusive state based on equality and justice for all, in which individual rights and freedoms are protected against discrimination.
  • A state based on the rule of law, and in which the people may choose their political leaders.
  • An independent, sovereign state within United Nations-recognized borders, which abides by international conventions and treaties.

And just as Syria’s future will be determined by the Syrian people, the following principles represent our resolve:

  • The nation’s treasures belong to all Syrians.
  • The armed forces are empowered only to protect Syria’s borders and defend her sovereignty, with no interference in political, economic, or social life.
  • The judiciary will be independent, and not subject to the authority of other governmental bodies, nor subject to the pressure of special interest groups.
  • Basic education must be free, required, and available for everyone.

Syrians, at birth, are free and have the right to:

  • Freedom of opinion and expression.
  • Freedom of assembly and organization.
  • Freedom of religion and religious practice.
  • Freedom of political, professional, and social affiliation.

All Syrians are equal:

  • All Syrians are equal in their rights and duties, regardless of their religion, nationality, or gender.
  • All Syrians are equal before the law.
  • All Syrians have equal employment opportunities, based on skills and qualifications, within public institutions.
  • All Syrians – regardless of gender – are entitled to equal pay for equal work.

The rights of all Syrians are guaranteed:

  • Every Syrian has the right to access information and knowledge, and to communicate with other cultures.
  • Every Syrian has the right to learn, acquire new skills, and develop new capabilities.
  • Every Syrian has the right to own property anywhere in Syria.
  • Every Syrian has the right to work.
  • Every Syrian has the right to a fair trial in a court of law, without exception.
  • Every Syrian has the right to vote and run for political office.
  • The diverse people of Syria have the right to communicate in their own languages and promote their ethnic cultures.
  • Every Syrian has the right to publicly funded health insurance and unemployment compensation.

Syrian women’s rights include:

  • The right to an education and the right to work.
  • The right to vote and the right to run for political office.
  • The right to grant citizenship to their children.

We are resolute in our determination to achieve this vision for ourselves and the future generations of Syrians. — Damascus October 13, 2014

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3 Responses to “The Syrian Freedom Charter”

  1. Today in Syria April 7, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    Reblogged this on Today in Syria.

  2. c21styork April 8, 2015 at 12:32 am #

    Reblogged this on C21st Left and commented:
    The Assad regime in Syria tries hard to conflate the democratic resistance to its fascist rule with the Daesh (ISIS) terrorists. The Syrian Freedom Charter is the latest proof of Assad’s slander. It is a national unity document based on tens of thousands of face-to-face interviews with Syrians, in every governorate of the country, about what kind of society they want. Meanwhile the ‘anti-imperialism’ of the so-called western left serves well the US administration’s Ditherer-in-Chief in failing to effectively support the pro-democracy anti-fascist forces. A genuine left-wing position is no different today than it was in the 1960s: we oppose the oppressors who drop barrel bombs on the people and we stand with the oppressed. We understand that ‘Wherever there is repression, there is resistance’. As the old folk song put it: Which side are you on?

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  3. Kazemi April 29, 2015 at 4:43 am #

    A good charter of rights (bill of rights) for Syria:

    https://syriacharter.wordpress.com/

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