Date(s) - 04/03/2019
12:00 - 13:30
Press Club Brussels Europe
Representatives of displaced Syrians relay to EU minimum conditions for return
Press briefing by representatives of Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity, a movement of displaced Syrians
Where: Press Club Brussels Europe, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels
When: Monday March 4th, 12.00
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More than 13 million Syrians are currently displaced within Syria and in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Europe and elsewhere. The issue of their return will decisively shape any chances for durable peace and reconstruction of the country. Discussions on the issue are already taking place among various actors, with countries like Lebanon asking for their unconditional return, Russia launching a diplomatic initiative to promote the situation in Assad-held areas of the country as safe for returnees and looking to the EU for financial support of the reconstruction effort.
However, the displaced Syrians themselves are not part of these discussions, especially when it comes to the minimum conditions for a safe and dignified return. In the first meeting of this kind, their representatives from the Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity met with the EU Mashreq/Maghreb Working Party (MaMa) to relay their position on the minimum conditions for return and related issues.
Ms Houda Atassi is the Regional Director of International Humanitarian Relief (IHR), a non-profit humanitarian organization working in relief, development and protection. She is the president of the Union of Syrian Civil Society Organizations (CSCO), which includes 43 Syrian humanitarian organizations inside and outside Syria. The Union is a founding member of the Syrian Network Association. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity.
Mr Nader Othman is a civil engineer and co-founder of the Local Administration Councils Unit (LACU) based in Gaziantep, Turkey. He is the former head of Strategic Unit and former Deputy Prime Minister of the Syrian Interim Government. He was the Chairman of the Steering Board of the Syrian Recovery Trust. He is a board member of several civil society organizations and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity.
Mr Anas al Assil is an IT engineer in a telecommunications company based in Dubai. He is a member of the Damascus association in the Syrian Association for Citizen’s Dignity.
The Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity (SACD) is a movement established by Syrian people for the people of Syria. It has no political affiliation. Through policy advice, advocacy and dialogue it works to promote and secure the rights of refugees and internally displaced persons from Syria, representing their views and concerns so that their voices are heard.
The SACD embodies the diversity of the Syrian population, regardless of social class, religious confession, or gender. It fights against premature or forced return. It considers that a movement for a dignifying return based on the recognition of the rights of refugees and displaced as citizens of Syria should be the cornerstone for any future political solution.