Statement of the Syrian Networks League and Civil Society Organizations regarding the civil society message of the Brussels Conference 2018

Statement of the Syrian Networks League and Civil Society Organizations regarding the civil society message of the Brussels Conference 2018

Statement of the Syrian Networks League and Civil Society Organizations regarding the civil society message of the Brussels Conference 2018

Saturday 28th April 2018 09:28 AM

Statement of the Syrian Networks League and Civil Society Organizations regarding the civil society message of the Brussels Conference 2018


Your Excellency Mr. Secretary-General of the United Nations

High Representative Ms. Mogherini

Your Excellencies Ministers Members of the Brussels II Conference, April 2018


The Syrian civil society organizations and their activists have played a major role over seven years in alleviating the suffering of the Syrian people and conveying their voice and the image of their suffering in all international forums, both in providing services and basic needs in the absence of the governmental role and even the negative role that the Syrian regime has played in politicalizing the delivery of basic services and needs based on its concept of reward and punishment.


In addition, the Syrian civil society organizations have possessed a pivotal part in documenting the crimes committed in the absence or weakening of international efforts toward justice. Moreover, the Syrian civil society organizations have been working hard to support the political tracks which bring to a halt bloodshed, consider dignity and freedom of the Syrians as a compass of any solution and places justice as a necessary and essential condition for any solution.


The Syrian civil society organizations and individuals have faced many obstacles to reaching their demands, especially in terms of their representation mechanisms, both in the peace talks platforms in Geneva or in other international conference platforms, often with no more than an inoperative cosmetic role aimed at having representatives of the Syrian society that cannot change the outcomes of these meetings.


Despite the organizers' efforts to overcome this permanent problem, the Brussels Conference 2018 included the largest presence of civil society through an incomprehensible mechanism that clearly shows indiscrimination, individualism and lack of standards to base on in the selection and invitation mechanism designed by the Office of the Special Envoy to accommodate the forces present at the Geneva talks as if the civil society’s role is to obtain the satisfaction of all. The Syrian civil society was allowed to choose less than a quarter of its representatives, while the rest were appointed in a personal and direct manner. This continued to include the Brussels 2018 conference until it ended with a statement in the ministerial meeting that wasn’t offered to any of the organizations signed below. Consequently, we deplore this statement as representing the Syrian civil society.


We affirm our belief in a political solution in accordance with the Geneva process and resolution 2254 to ensure accountability for all crimes committed against the Syrians by the Syrian regime as well as crimes committed by all parties of the conflict. We also emphasize the importance of continuing to support the humanitarian and development programs in Syria and the neighboring countries hosting the Syrian refugees, and the need to clarify the concepts of reconstruction and early recovery so as not to allow these programs to be placed at the disposal of the Syrian regime or any of the other parties to be used politically or as a war weapon against the Syrians.


The undersigned Syrian Networks League and organizations call for the establishment of transparent representation mechanism for the Syrian civil society that ensures a clear articulation of their voice beyond the current decorative role, in a way that avoids the constant pressure exerted by the Office of the Special Envoy to extract consensual papers which ignore the view of the majority of Syrian civil society and don’t not fulfill its demands or take into consideration its sacrifices.


1.  Abrar Organization
2.  Activists Opinion
3.  Adaleh organization
4.  Ahl Horan Association
5.  Ahlmaltfole
6.  Al Iman
7.  Alaoda
8.  Alaz Alasel
9.  Alber Humainty France
10.    Albonian Almarsos Humanitarian Organization
11.    Alkawakibi Organization For Human Rights
12.    Anemon
13.    Arzaq Humen
14.    Badael Foundation
15.    Bader Charity Organization
16.    Basmatamal
17.    Binaa  
18.    Bonyan
19.    Civil Care
20.    Csd  Civil Society Development
21.    Daleel Alkhair
22.    Dawlaty
23.    Decostamine Initiative
24.    Deplomatic Cervice In Lattakia Covernorale 
25.    Door Beyond War
26.    Ehsas Relief
27.    Ellaf Union For Relief And Development
28.    Emissa
29.    Ensar Mazlumlar
30.    Ghiras Alkhaeer Humanitarian
31.    Halabi House Forum
32.    Hayat
33.    Human Brothers
34.    Humanitarian Restoration Hope
35.    Imaar Reconstruction Organization
36.    Insan Charity
37.    International Humanitarian Relief
38.    Islamic Sham Organization
39.    Jana Watan
40.    Jasmine Association
41.    Justice Network For Syrian Women
42.    Kesh Malek
43.    Khairat Foundation For Relief And Development
44.    Kks
45.    La Tahzan Charity
46.    Local Development Organization
47.    Local Development And Small-Projects Support (Ldsps)
48.    Masar
49.    Masrrat
50.    Misk Humanitarian Organization
51.    Nasaem Society
52.    Önder
53.    Obaida charity
54.    Orphans Documentation Center
55.    Physicians Across Continents  Pac
56.    Rakeen
57.    Sabeq Foundation For Charity And Development
58.    Shafak Alnour Association
59.    Sadad Humanitarian Organization
60.    Sakhaa Group
61.    Salsabeel Charity
62.    Shaml Csos Coalition
63.    Social Development International
64.    Sons shahba
65.    Sos Syrie France
66.    Sound And Picture
67.    Space Of Hope Organization
68.    Suriyeli Dernekler Platformu
69.    Syria Society For Relief And Development
70.    Syrian American Medical Society
71.    Syrian Center For Studies And Human Rights
72.    Syrian Unity And Cooperation Society
73.    Syrian Women For Democracy (Switzerland)
74.    Syrian General Union
75.    Syrian NGOs Alliance
76.    Syria Relief Network
77.    Syrian Networks League
78.    Takaful Alsham Charity Organization
79.    The Care For Victims Of War
80.    The Day After
81.    Union Of Syrian Civil Society Organizations
82.    Watan Network
83.    Women Now For Development
84.    Zeyd Bin Sabit
85.    ذي النورين الخيرية للأعمال الانسانية
86.    رحماء تقاد
87.    سوريا البوكمال
88.    مركز دعم وتنمية المراة
89.    نقابة محامي حلب الأحرار   
90.    محامون وأطباء من أجل حقوق الإنسان


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