Nadine Maenza, a commissioner of the USCIRF and a high-ranking US official on religious freedom, was one of the officials in the delegation.
In 2014, the people of North and East Syria fought to defend their homeland, but they also fought for an idea: democracy. Today, the struggle for true democracy continues.
Human rights violations are committed each day. Our people live in fear. The bombs and the violence never stopped. “Ceasefire” seems like nothing more than an empty word, a word that means nothing to Turkey.
Before Turkey and Turkish-backed militias commit even more war crimes and human rights atrocities, uproot our communities, and cause our culture to go extinct, we must have meaningful action from the global community.
The officials discussed ways that the United States can pressure Turkey to withdraw from North and East Syria, support inclusion of North and East Syria in the UNSCR 2254 talks, UN peace talks on the future of Syria, as well as continued support for the intra-Kurdish dialog.
The Commission specifically lists crimes committed by the SNA in the Afrin region and Ras Al-Ain, which are under occupation by the Turkish state.
This brings the total number of COVID infections in North and East Syria to 1,918 cases, of which 69 have died, and 496 have recovered. This represents a dangerous phase in the region’s Coronavirus crisis, with more and more new cases being reported daily.
Sinam Sherkany Mohamad was recently profiled by The Washington Diplomat, an influential publication in international affairs circles in Washington DC. The article outlines Mohamad’s work in Washington DC, representing the interests of the Syrian Democratic Council to the US State Department, the White House, US Congress, and other US institutions and organizations.
The festival aimed to signal to the displaced, to Syria, and to the international community that Afrin’s culture is still alive and well among those who fled Afrin after the 2018 Turkish invasion and ongoing occupation of the canton. The festival’s slogan was, “a flower alone does not constitute a garden.”
The latest symposium was organized into two main segments. First, participants sought to articulate the commonalities among all Syrians, and draft a plan to unite efforts and work together in a framework that respects all the cultures, religions, and ethnicities of Syria.
“During the year that has passed since the Turkish state’s occupation of our regions, it clarifies that the main goal of the Turkish state is to occupy the region, not the pretexts that the Turkish state claimed, in addition to implementing Turkification policies in the region…”
By Sinam Sherkany Mohamad Water is the source of life. To North and East Syria, there is no source of water more vital than the Euphrates river. The Euphrates river has been used to power critical hydroelectric dams, irrigate farmland, provide transportation, maintain the many ecosystems of the region, and
By Syrian Democratic Times It has been over two months since the United States imposed harsh sanctions on Syria, following the implementation of the Caesar Act by US Congress on June 17, 2020. The sanctions have broad bipartisan support in the US Congress and are not likely to be lifted
By Syrian Democratic Times Over 130 cases have now been reported in NES, while the true number of cases is likely to be much higher Widespread community transmission of Coronavirus is likely occurring Stay-home orders, social distancing guidelines, mask requirements issued Syrian government has not respected quarantine requirements for people
By Syrian Democratic Times In its first-ever webinar, the US Mission of the Syrian Democratic Council hosted a discussion titled “The Future of North and East Syria” on July 20, 2020 with the Program on Peacebuilding and Human Rights at Columbia University. CLICK HERE to view a video of the
By Issa Ibrahim, Special Contributor to the SDT Eleven points, in my opinion, define the features of Syria, a country worthy of normal life, which expresses that we Syrians are part of this world, and it places us as human beings and as a country on the path of urbanization:
The women’s movement in North and East Syria works every day to fight all of the forms of violence that women and girls face.
حينما يكون النضال من أجل شعب مظلوم ضحى أبناؤه وبناته بالآلاف لا توجد فوارق كبيرة بين أية مرحلة من المراحل، لكن التطورات هي التي أحياناً تفرض نوعاً من التغيير في سلسلة النشاطات والمهام الواجب إتباعها.
“Our goal is to achieve stability, unity, a democratic future for Syria, and decentralization of the government. Our project represents the foundation of a great solution for all of Syria.”
Seven measures to enhance social cohesion as part of a transition to a democratic system that will allow our nation to move forward in harmony.
US State Department officials went on a campaign over the past two weeks in order to influence public opinion on the Caesar Act.
In a strong sign of unity, elders of a large number of Arab tribes met with General Mazlum Kobani, re-affirming their commitment to the principles of democracy.
Ahmed discussed human rights violations by Turkey and Turkish-backed militias, the occupation of Afrin, and other issues.
Sinam Sherkany Mohamad presented at two panels to highlight the human rights violations occurring in North and East Syria, especially in Afrin.
The principles that the American people remember on Independence Day are the same principles that we have fought for — democracy, freedom, and dignity.
“Being a Kurd means that you have a politics combined with military action, and it is not possible to protect the Kurdish people without doing both.”
Those who kidnap and torture the women of Syria today should not be allowed to call for support at the UN tomorrow.
After a shocking video of detained women found naked, organizations across the world demanded an end to Turkish occupation.
“The SDF are a first-class counterterrorism force,” said Ambassador James Jeffrey, US Department of State.
“We must all together find solutions. We are ready to find solutions for all people, and stop this bloodshed.”
“Turkey is now threatening the crucial population centers of Kobane and Qamishli,” said Nadine Maenza, Vice Chair of the USCIRF.
We congratulate you on the blessed Eid Al-Fitr and bless your sacrifices, hoping that we will achieve equality in a peaceful Syria.
North and East Syria provides an example of the solidarity ethos, seeking to cooperate both within and across its borders.
Turkey appears to be weaponizing the coronavirus crisis against Syrians who have few means to fight it.
The WHO claimed on Twitter that they had shipped aid to North and East Syria, but so far no aid has been received by AANES.
Testing for COVID is very difficult to obtain, so no reliable estimates exist for the number of cases and deaths.
A letter by four key US Congressmen asks the US to support the opening of border crossings and the flow of humanitarian aid into North and East Syria.
“By imposing sanctions and impacting our regions, the Caesar Act will directly impact anti-terrorism efforts,” said AANES.
We call upon the international parties to show solidarity with us in order for our people return to their homes, for the occupier to leave our lands…
A US government commission has recommended Turkey submit a timeline for withdrawal from Syria.
Procrastination in holding Erdogan accountable is enabling him and his thugs to victimize more Syrian Kurds.
Two Kurdish elders in Afrin have been horrifically murdered by Turkish militia members.
Greater understanding is essential for ensuring that women can play the role they deserve in Syria’s future.
On April 24, 1915, Turkish soldiers executed thousands of Armenians in the Syrian desert.
There are now four Coronavirus test machines in North and East Syria, for four million residents.
There is little doubt that COVID-19 is spreading undetected.
Despite a UN call for ceasefire during the pandemic, Turkey continues to attack North and East Syria.
Two top diplomats of Kurdish areas discuss coordination in facing the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
This committee had been planned prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, but now takes on a new urgency.
“Turks who call the SDF terrorists unleashed Turkish backed rebels who in many ways act the same as IS did.”