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