Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Syria

Amid Mounting Deaths, Syrian Civil Society Activists Push for Peaceful Change

By ADIB ABDULMAJID 19/3/2013
Syrian security forces carry a body from the site of a car bomb in Damascus. Photo: AP
Syrian security forces carry a body from the site of a car bomb in Damascus. Photo: AP

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Appalled by the estimated 70,000 deaths during the two-year anti-regime uprising in their country, Syrian activists and civil society organizations have been drawing world attention to the bloodshed in an effort to minimize the violence and work for peaceful change.

“The main objective of the Syrian civil society centers and organizations is to correct the direction of the uprising and condemn violence,” said Mesud Perik, a Kurdish activist and member of the Syrian Centre for Civil Society and Democracy.

Because they are independent, these organizations are “the only guarantee” that values will prevail over violence in Syria, he believes.

“We condemn violence because of its dangerous consequences for Syrian society, and we will continue supporting peaceful resistance,” Perik added.

Kurdish activists and civil organizations have been particularly active in trying for peaceful change in Syria.

Alongside the violence in the fighting between forces of President Bashar Assad and a divided opposition sometimes weakened by infighting, young Kurdish activists have been keeping alive their peaceful efforts for democratic change in Syria.

Cooperation and friendly competition among these peaceful opponents motivates them to “serve the legitimate rights of the Syrian people with a high degree of responsibility,” Perik told Rudaw. 

Hussein Omar, a Kurdish lawyer and member of the Horizons Development Center for Civil Society, said that his organization aims to support the Syrian youth and women’s rights.

“Our main focus now is to maintain the unity of Syrian society, because the threat of division has grown more serious after two years of conflict,” he told Rudaw.

“Civil society organizations bear the responsibility of removing the effects of more than four decades of dictatorship on the Syrian people and the horrible outcomes of the ongoing war,” he added.

Piroz Perik, another Kurdish member of the Syrian Centre for Civil Society and Democracy, believes that real change in Syria cannot be achieved without developing the capacities and understanding of the Syrian people regarding transitional justice and peace.

“We have launched multiple campaigns concerned with the rehabilitation of Syrian citizens,” he said.

According to Piroz, there are some worries of a potential future clash between civil rights and armed groups in Syria.

“We want to prevent the occurrence of a large-scale civil war in Syria,” Piroz said.

“The contradiction between civil rights and the mentality of the armed groups could be a serious challenge, even in a post-Assad Syria,” he warned. 

Tags :
Print Email to a friend
Save this story
862 Views

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Hoshyar Zaxoy | 10/31/2014 12:46:04 PM
No matter how good (or bad) relations are between civilian Kurds,Arabs,Turks and Iranians; once in the army those Arabs,Turks,Iranians acquire...
Hama Shwan | 10/31/2014 1:35:04 PM
This clearly shows that Arab Muslims are all the same when come to Kurdish cases, there is no difference between Sunni or shia. bloody Shia to...
Shia militiamen arrest Peshmerga near Kirkuk
| yesterday at 03:08 | (28)
Independent Kurdistsn | 10/31/2014 10:49:32 AM
Hevalno I want the independent Kurdistan more than anything but we cannot do so. Even southern Kurdistan needs to wait a bit longer. What we need to...
Georges Ferey | 10/31/2014 1:29:50 PM
I wish all the best for the syrian kurds of Kobane and hope that the irakian kurds will give a good kick in the ass of the islamist state for the...
President Barzani: Kobane will not fall to terrorists
| yesterday at 12:30 | (19)
Iraqi Warrior | 10/31/2014 11:13:57 AM
They must swear to fight kurds if they ever try to divide Iraq then after that they shoouls be allowed to go. Kurdistan is the dream of the racist...
Le Rishibem | 10/31/2014 12:42:34 PM
Muslim cockaroaches will pay dearly for their massacres of Kurds.
Before fighting ISIS, Australian commandos battle Iraqi bureaucracy
| 7 hours ago | (5)
Idiot Writer | 10/31/2014 12:20:58 PM
You call YPG and PKK, millitants. And Peshmerga fighters. Be careful of what you write, stupid.
Bakir Lashkari | 10/31/2014 12:37:48 PM
The Turkish Current Government has no other options than to comply with the International Coalitions demands as well as the Kurdish Regional...
Turkey leaders can turn Kobane developments to their advantage
| 8 hours ago | (5)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Pipeline upgrade to boost Kurdish oil exports 28/10/2014 | (6)

Pipeline upgrade to boost Kurdish oil exports

KRG expects much higher oil exports by the end of more
Kurds closer to participation in Iraqi government 13/10/2014 | (11)

Kurds closer to participation in Iraqi government

The formation of a new Iraqi government was a more
Jihadists control all exits from Mount Shingal, says Peshmerga official 13/10/2014 | (11)

Jihadists control all exits from Mount Shingal, says Peshmerga official

"10,000 people were still on the mountain and as more
0.437 seconds