Safe Environment Before Everything Else
WHY ELECTIONS IN SYRIA ARE ILLEGITIMATE WITHOUT POLITICAL SOLUTION
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WE ARE SYRIA
Survey of 1,100 displaced Syrians
on the causes of displacement and minimum conditions for return
Between the Hammer and the Anvil
Motives and experiences of Syrians forced to return to Assad held areas
Reality behind Assad's promises to displaced Syrians
Electrical Engineering - Master of Business Administration
University student - Business Administration
Postgraduate Studies - Media
University Student - Accountant
Ghada Abdulmajid Hamdoun
Diploma in Political Science and Media
Postgraduate Studies - Business Administration
Iyad El bekkur
Postgraduate studies - Arabic language, education and psychology
PhD student - Hadith
Mhd Mounir Al-Fakir
Postgraduate student - international relations
Jamal Saeed Alashkr
Postgraduate Studies - Business Administration
Postgraduate student - Information Engineering
PhD in Political Science and International Relations
An internal Pathologist
Information Systems Management
Electric and Communication Engineer
University student - Computer Engineering
Mazen Abduljalil Kseibi
University student - Geography
I am from Damascus Countryside, born in 1986. I was displaced from Eastern Ghouta on 01/04/2018, after the Syrian regime’s campaign against Eastern Ghouta, which was ended by the displacement agreement against the people who refused to stay under the Assad’s regime. So I went to northern Syria, to move to live in a city Mainz in Germany, where I work as an activist in the field of women's empowerment and support.Seven years of siege and death by all kinds of weapons by the Assad regime. Nevertheless, we have stood strong because we believe in the goals of our revolution. But after the regime’s campaign against Eastern Ghouta, two options were imposed on us, either displacement towards northern Syria or staying under the regime that used all means to eliminate us. I chose to move to the north without any clear vision for the future except to escape from detention, which I will be subjected to if I remain in Ghouta. All areas in Syria that preceded us in making reconciliations with the Regime are witnessing on the regime's killing of activists and arresting the people. My personal vision is that it is impossible for me to think of returning if this regime and its security forces still in power despite all the pain that I live in now, far from my country and my family.
I am from Hama, born in 1985, displaced from my area and I live in northern Syria. I work as a field employee in monitoring and evaluation, and I am a member of the Sanabel Al-Bir Association, and a member of the Engineers Syndicate, Hama branch.
I was displaced from the city of Apamea several times, the last of which was in 2019 as a result of the heavy bombardment, and the Assad militias stormed our towns in the countryside of Hama, and more than 100,000 people from the countryside of Hama were displaced in that barbaric campaign.
My personal view is that this criminal regime cannot be trusted, and I cannot return to my home town with the existence of these militias, but it should be a fundamental change in the structure of the regime and the guarantee of human safety and dignity. We all have to stand together as displaced people, to have one voice with which we address the world that we cannot return to our regions unless there is a real and tangible change in the structure of the ruling regime to guarantees our safety and dignity in our regions, and to guarantee our rights and properties stolen by the Assad militia.
I am from the Damascus countryside, born in 1973, and I was displaced from my city in April 2018 due to the entry of the regime forces. After that I moved to the city of Gaziantep in Turkey. I work as a doctor in Afrin Hospital.
My personal vision is that the return to Syria should be a safe and voluntary return without any repressive authority.
I am from Hama, born in 1992, I was displaced from the city of Hama at the beginning of 2014 after I was arrested by the security forces. This prompted me, after getting out of the prison and the completion of treatment from the effects of torture, to flee from the city to northern Syria, where I now live in the city of Idlib.
I cannot return to my city, Hama, under the control of the army and security forces, and after the prosecution of all activists and opponents of the policy of repression there. My personal vision is that returning to our original areas and home towns will be available after the criminal regime is over with all its militias.
Our role as Syrians is to stand up in the face of all challenges and difficulties and cooperate together to convey our voice and reach our goal by bringing down the regime and returning to our regions, and I work hard in various means available to me to fight injustice, I am the son of the Syrian revolution, she gave me birth and I seek her success.
I am from Damascus, born in 1991, I was displaced from my city in mid-2014, when my friends and almost the entire team that I used to work with in Al-Shagour neighborhood council was arrested, which forced me to flee quickly, and then move to live in Istanbul, Turkey. I work in the humanitarian field.My personal vision is that the return begins by the end of the regime and all its personnel, eliminating the security branches’ domination on the state, and restructuring the army, followed by legal steps like returning the rights of property, releasing the detainees, and suing the war criminals.
I am from the Damascus countryside, I was born in 1976, and I was displaced in October 2016 in the green buses, as the deportation took place from the Al-Hameh and Qudsaya area to the city of Idlib, where I work as director of “Iradeti” educational and relief centers.
My personal vision is that the return must be voluntary, safe, and dignified, in which we achieve a state of dignity, freedom, and justice.
I am from the Damascus countryside, I was born in 1988, and I was displaced to northern Syria according to the displacement agreement signed in Eastern Ghouta in March 2018 as a conclusion of the most violent military campaign on the besieged Eastern Ghouta for years, then I moved to the city of Caen in France.My personal vision is that returning to Syria is a goal we strive to achieve, and it can only be achieved by changing the regime with all its personnel.
I am from the Damascus countryside, I was born in 1985, and I was displaced from Eastern Ghouta in March 2018 after the invasion of Ghouta that led to the displacement of its people. Then I moved to the city of Cologne in Germany.My personal vision is that we can only return to Syria after a real political change with serious international guarantees.
Electrical Engineering - Master of Business Administration
I am from Damascus, born in 1980, I left Syria before the revolution in 2007, and my name was placed on the arrest list in 2012. I currently live in Doha, Qatar. I work as a project coordination manager in a private company.My personal vision is that the return should be a safe return to a country that is not under the authority of the security forces and military militias.
I am from Damascus, born in 1957, I was displaced for the first time with my family in 1967, due to my father’s political attitude towards the “Baath Party”, and then I returned home in 1975. I was deported from Egypt in 2014, to settle in Istanbul, where I work as the president of the Syrian Community in Istanbul.
My personal vision is that returning to our homeland should be within a framework that guarantees the rights and dignity of the citizens.
I am from the Damascus countryside, born in 1977. I was displaced from my city on 07/07/2013 under an emergency security circumstance for fear of arrest. After that, I moved to the liberated areas, and then to Arsal, Lebanon in March 2014. I was arrested in Lebanon and an expulsion decision was issued there to move to Turkey in 2015, where I live now in Gaziantep. I work as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Jana Watan” Organization in addition to my work in trading.My personal vision is that a safe return is in accordance with the protection conditions that grant people the right to live safely as a Syrian human being enjoying the right of freedom of speech.
I am from Damascus, born in 1986, and I was displaced at the beginning of 2018 after the fierce campaign launched by the regime with Russia on Eastern Ghouta, and as a wanted security person and a former defector from the regime’s army, I chose to leave my country with my family and children, to move to live in Istanbul, Turkey. Where I work as a manager of an advertising company.My personal vision is that there can be no return with the existence of the regime that kills those who oppose it and that there can be no return without a guarantee of a decent life.
I am from Homs, born in 1983, and I was displaced from my city, Palmyra in 2015, as a result of the fighting between the regime and ISIS, and not to be arrested by the security forces of both. I live recently in Gaziantep, and I work as a freelance, in addition to being a member of Palmyra Coordination and the Homs Provincial Council.
My personal vision is that I will not return except on conditions for the safe, voluntary and dignified return represented by the Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity.
I am from Damascus countryside, I was born in 1981, I was displaced on April 28 from Eastern Ghouta, then I moved to Istanbul, Turkey, where I work as a press editor.
My personal vision of the return is that it is not possible with the existence of the “Assad” regime.
I am from Damascus, I was born in 1989, I was displaced on March 25 2018 after the regime and Russian forces took control of it. I was forcibly displaced from Eastern Ghouta, to move to Afrin in northern Syria, where I work as director of the Youth Network Center in northern Syria.
My personal vision of return is that it should be voluntary, safe, and dignified.
I am from Deir Ezzor, born in 1962, and I was displaced from Al-Mayadin in September 2017 when the regime and its militias attacked the city, whose population of more than 100,000 people was all displaced during that period, and all the residents of the province were displaced, then I moved to live in Turkey, in Urfa city, where I work as a writer on some websites, in addition to being a member of the General Secretariat of the Syria Declaration for Change, a member of the Executive Office of the Revolutionary Political Commission for Deir Ezzor Governorate, a member of the Political Council of the Revolutionary Association of Deir Ezzor Governorate, and a member of the Free Writers Forum.
My personal vision is that there is no return in the presence of the Assad’s regime, and the return becomes available, voluntary, dignified, and safe only when the Assad’s regime falls. My role as a displaced Syrian is to use all available means in order to achieve a dignified, safe and voluntary return for me, my family, and all Syrians. All Syrians must use all available means to achieve this return.
I am from the Damascus countryside, born in 1961. I was forcibly displaced along with more than 70,000 residents of Eastern Ghouta on 01/04/2018 after a five-year siege by the Assad regime for demanding freedom and dignity. I was at that time the vice president of the Syrian Interim Government, to move to live in Istanbul, Turkey, and I work as director of “Drub Wa Leqaa” Center
We will remain free and return honorably to our country
I am from Hama, born in 1979, and I was displaced from my city, Taybat Al-Imam, on 5/11/2012, due to fear of security threats of arresting me and my husband again, after detention for nearly a year, on the accusation of helping the rebels and providing them with free medications and also on the accusation of communicating with media channels. Our destination was Turkey, which we did not complete one year in until we returned to the liberated northern Syria. I live now in Binnish in Idlib countryside. I worked as a pharmacist in a care health center for five years, and also an activist in the field of women's rights and gender-based violence for two years, and I am a board member of the Syrian Commission for Family Affairs.
My personal vision is that at the present time we cannot return as long as Assad and his regime are still in power, because we are among those who demanded freedom of opinion and other simple human rights, what opposes the regime’s corruption. We will not be able to return until Assad is also sued for the crimes he committed against the Syrian people. Our role, as displaced Syrians, is not to remain silent about our right to return because no right dies when a claimant stands for it. We will not leave any opportunity for media appearance or contact with international officials without demanding the right to return and sue Assad. We call people of different countries to stand with us to get our rights, we are the people of Syria, so we will not give up our rights, no matter how long it takes.
I am from Homs, born in 1964, displaced from Syria, and now I live in Gaziantep in Turkey. I work in the field of media and training, and I am a founding member of the Worldwide Syrian Women association.
I was displaced from the city of Homs on 27/June/2013, due to the bombing of our area in Jouret al-Shiyah, so I was internally displaced and then moved to Egypt and then to Turkey.
My personal vision on return issue: I will not return until after the departure of Bashar Al-Assad and his security regime, the release of all the detainees, revealing the fate of the missing, and the formation of a transitional governing body that guarantees us a decent and safe life in our cities and homes.
I am from Deir Ezzor, born in 1989, displaced from Syria, and now I live in the city of Urfa in Turkey. I work as a journalist in Ataa Association, in addition to being a media activist for Deir Ezzor Governorate.
On August 2014, I was displaced from the city of Shhail in Deir Ezzor countryside by ISIS.
I am from Hama, born in 1982, I was displaced from my city and now I live in Istanbul, and I work as a revolution and community activist, in addition to my work in the media field.
My personal vision is that the return to Syria will be after the murderers are brought to justice, and forming a freely and democratically elected transitional governing body.
I am from Damascus, born in 1985, I was forcibly displaced from Eastern Ghouta by the Syrian regime and Russian militias in 2018. After that, I moved to live in Istanbul, Turkey.My personal vision is that the return to Syria is the right of every Syrian refugee and displaced person. It is a return that has conditions that are voluntary, safe, and dignified, guaranteeing the dignity of Syrians, releasing detainees, and handing criminals to justice.
I am from Hama, born in 1979, and I was displaced from Hama in 2013 after being wanted for security forces with some revolution activists. I lived in several places in northern Syria, the last of which was now in Al-Bab. I work in the field of trading in addition to participation in revolutionary and relief activities to serve the displaced Syrians.
My personal vision is that the return to our original cities and regions will not take place until after the regime is overthrown and the security services that control the state and pursue any opposition activist are eliminated.
I am from Damascus countryside, I have forcibly displaced two years ago in March 2018 from Eastern Ghouta. Now my residence is in Gaziantep, Turkey, but I work as a doctor in the hospitals of the liberated northern Syria.
My personal vision is that I strongly want to return to my city, but with a guarantee of not being arrested.
I am from Homs, born in 1972, displaced from Syria, and now I live in the city of Urfa in Turkey.
I was displaced from my city in 2018, based on the displacement agreement toward the liberated northern Syria.
My personal vision is that there is no safe place in Syria now, and the return becomes available with the departure of Assad, who is the reason for killing and displacement in Syria. Our role as Syrians is to try to clarify the reality of the situation in Syria and the reason behind killing and displacing Syrians, as well as conveying this reality to the international community.
Postgraduate studies - Arabic language, education and psychology
I am from Damascus, born in 1973, and I was displaced from Damascus in 2013 due to the fear of security forces after they released my daughter from prison, and after my work as a reporter and preparing news reports for Al-Jazeera. Then I moved to live in Istanbul, Turkey. I work as an Arabic language teacher, in addition to my work in Proofreading.
My personal vision is that the return will not be possible until the Syrian people regain their full sovereignty and decision making right, after the end of the Assad regime and its supporters, the completion of the security and military reform process, and the implementation of the transitional government.
I am from Damascus, born in 1983. I was displaced from Jobar to Eastern Ghouta as a conclusion of the battles that took place between the Revolution forces and the Assad’s sectarian militias in 2012, then I moved to northern Syria in 2013 and then to Istanbul in Turkey to help in securing the needs of the revolution and represent my district in Damascus provincial council, in addition to my work in the field of Trading.My personal vision, in short, Syria is for the Syrians, not for the Assad family.
I am from Damascus, born in 1979, I was displaced from my city on 01/03/2014 after I got out of detention, as I knew that the Air Force Intelligence intent to re-arrest me. I left for Turkey immediately, and after a month of my arrival, I made sure that the Air Force Intelligence had already distributed my name on all border crossings with the aim of re-arresting me upon my return. I currently live in Istanbul, where I work as a resident fellow at the Omran Center for Studies.My personal vision is that the return should be after realizing a real political transition in accordance with international decisions that will achieve a safe environment considered crucial to a safe, dignified, voluntary, and sustainable return in which people return to their original places from which they left. Voluntarism means freedom for people to return or stay where they want.
I am from the Damascus countryside, born in 1979, and I was displaced on 22/03/2018 due to the barbaric campaign on Eastern Ghouta, and I chose to be displaced than to stay under the control of Assad’s militias because they will arrest me for adopting the revolution of freedom and dignity. I moved to the city of Al-Bab in northern Syria where I work in the field of training and teaching.
My personal vision is that we cannot return under the presence of Assad’s militias, because this return means acceptance of humiliation and living under the mercy of security forces that have nothing to do with humanity, so there must be a return that preserves dignity and recognizes the rights of the Syrians.
I am from Homs, born in 1968, I was displaced from my city on 8/5/2018 to northern Syria, and I currently live in the city of Azaz, and I work as the head of the military court in Azaz, and I am also a member in the political committee of Homs governorate.
My personal vision is that a return to our original areas will be possible after overthrowing the regime, arresting war criminals, and achieving a political transition.
I am from Hama, born in 1970, displaced from my town, Tayyibat al-Imam, and now I live in the countryside of Idlib. I work as chairman of the Board of Directors of the “Syrian Commission for Releasing Detainees SCRD”, and a member of the Council of the “Free Syria Lawyers Syndicate”.
I was arrested on 26/November/2011, after my release on 26/October/2012, I fled directly to the countryside of Idlib and then to Turkey for fear of being arrested again, and now I live in Idlib countryside.
There is no safe environment in my home town “Tayyibat al-Imam”, from which it was forcibly displaced. The threat of the security forces and the regime’s militias still exist, especially after we saw what happened to the Syrians who made reconciliation agreements in Daraa, as they were arrested and many of them were handed to their families as dead bodies under torture. My personal vision is that a safe and voluntary return cannot be achieved except through a transitional governing body in accordance with Resolution 2254 to achieve a safe environment for all Syrians.
I am from Homs, born in 1951, and I was displaced from Homs after I was arrested and expelled from the university. The regime tried to arrest me again. I currently live in Gaziantep, Turkey, and I work as a teacher at Gaziantep University.
My personal view is that there is no returning back home with the security-intelligence regime.
I am from Hama, born in 1982, and I was displaced from the city of Hama in 2015 as a result of the regime’s brutal practices of killing, bombing and displacement. So I moved to live in Idlib, where I work now as an administrative director at the Academy of Health Sciences in Qah in Idlib countryside and a volunteer in several organizations, and the General Secretary of the Hama Free Governorate Council and a member of the Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity (SACD) in Syria.
My personal vision is that it is not possible to return to our original areas unless this return is safe, and secures the dignity and freedom of the Syrian citizen, and when we finish with the security forces assaulting the citizens.
I am from Damascus, born in 1991, and I was displaced from my city in January 2015 after being arrested for a year due to revolutionary and humanitarian activities within the city of Damascus and its countryside, then I moved to live in Gaziantep in Turkey, where I work in a non-profit organization in addition to being an activist in the humanitarian affairs.My personal vision is that the return to Syria should be dignified and voluntary without security risk to me personally or to my family and without the presence of the Assad regime.
I am from Hama, born in 1985, and I was displaced from Al-Ghab Plain in the last displacement in 2018, due to the sectarian militias of the regime's control over the region, and I currently reside in the city of Idlib, where I work in the Syrian Civil Defense. My work in SCD gave me the chance to witness the horrific massacres that the regime has carried out in the countryside of Hama over the past eight years.
I see that the regime that brutally bombards its people and displaces them to everywhere, the regime that destroyed the infrastructure of the country, which requires a maximum of 50 years to heal, is unreliable and we can’t return to the lands it seizes by the assistance of the forces of other countries, this regime that does not allow humanitarian organizations to enter its prisons to count the number of political prisoners and to exercise their horrible condition, therefore my personal vision is that there is no return under this criminal regime.
Postgraduate student - Information Engineering
I am from Damascus, born in 1982, I left Damascus in August 2011 to Dubai in UAE, where I work in the field of sales management. I cannot return because there is a warrant for arrest against me.My personal vision is that a dignified and safe return is what guarantees individual and public freedom, in which everyone is equal according to the law.
I am from Hama, I was born in 1984. I was displaced from the city of Hama in 2015 to join my husband, who was displaced from the city of Hama in 2012 due to the fear of security arrest of him and everyone who is active in the Syrian revolution. Then we moved to live in the city of Kafr Zita in the countryside of Hama until we were displaced from it when it was occupied by the regime and Russian militias in 2019, to move to Hatay in Turkey, where I work as a volunteer at the Bader Center, a volunteer at the “Hama Media Office”, an advocate for the Women Survivors Organization, and a member of the Council of Free Syrians.
My personal vision is that I will return to my city, Hama, when it is liberated from the Assad regime and its militias, and we will continue our revolution until victory. Our role as displaced Syrians is to continue the revolution and the civil work until we achieve our goals in a safe return and a decent life.
PhD in Political Science and International Relations
I am from Hama, born in 1972, I was displaced from my town in 2012 and preferred to secede from the regime because of its criminal practices against the Syrian people, which prompted me to take a religious and moral decision to stand by the people's fair demands, so I moved to live in Mardin in Turkey, where I work as a teacher at the university of Mardin and Free Aleppo University.
My personal vision is that the return to our home towns in Syria begins with the regime's end.
I am from Damascus, born in 1968, I was displaced from Yabroud in February 2014 due to the invasion of the Assad militias and Hezbollah forces into the city. After that, I moved to Istanbul in Turkey, where I work as director of a Binaa foundation.My personal vision is that I will return to Syria, but without Assad, without the security forces' interference in people's affairs, and with the existence of a fair judiciary.
I am from Aleppo, born in 1980. I left the liberated areas in Aleppo on 18/04/2016, and I could not return because of the siege imposed by the Syrian regime and its allies on the city. So I moved to live in Gaziantep in Turkey, where I work as a director of planning in the Syrian Interim Government.
My personal vision is that return is now impossible due to the new demographic reality, the lack of security and basic services, and the delay in implementing a political agreement. Return becomes available when creating a safe environment for the voluntary and dignified return of the displaced.
My role in achieving the return is to continue my revolutionary struggle and to demand the fulfillment of the conditions for return. As Syrians, we should not surrender to any element of the current political process without addressing one major issue, which is creating a safe environment for a voluntary and dignified return. There is no constitution, elections, and reconstruction without it.
I am from the Damascus countryside, I was born in 1980, and I was displaced from my demolished house and my city Harasta in Eastern Ghouta on 23/03/2018, by the Assad militias in green buses when the final displacement of Ghouta began. After that, I moved to Hatay province in Turkey, where I have a private job.
My personal vision is that our return and our dignity is one thing, we will return to Syria without Assad, without injustice, we will return with dignity.
I am from the Damascus countryside, born in 1976, and I was displaced from Eastern Ghouta after the last campaign by the Assad regime and the Russians against Ghouta on Sunday 25/03/2018.
My personal vision is that Syria is ours, even if our absence is long.
I am from Deir Ezzor, born in 1995, displaced from Syria, and now I live in the city of Gaziantep in Turkey, I work in the field of journalism and media, a writer for Al-Jazeera blogs, Ain Al-Madina magazine, Horrya Press and other local sites, an editor for Molham Volunteer Team and Al Sharq News Network, Spokesman for the Media River Network, editor for Jisr newspaper, as well as being the media officer for the student body in Gaziantep.
I was displaced from my city on 09/08/2014, due to ISIS control of Deir Ezzor.
My hometown is occupied by the regime, so my personal vision is that I will not be able to return to Syria until the dictatorial regime ends, and until I guarantee that my region is living in safety and stability. I work hard with the Syrian Association for Citizens’ Dignity, which strives to ensure the return of Syrian refugees to their homes because we know that many Syrians seek voluntary and safe return for their homes by various means.
I am from Damascus countryside, born in 1970, I was displaced from my city in December 2016. After that, I moved to live in London, where I work now as a business consultant.My personal vision is that the right of return is like the right of life, both related to human dignity.
I am from the Damascus countryside, born in 1990, and I was displaced in April 2018 after invading Eastern Ghouta and striking it with all kinds of weapons, including chemical weapons. After that, I moved to the city of Gaziantep in Turkey, where I work now as a member of the Board of Directors of Qiam Foundation.
My personal vision is that we will return to our country and our land, God willing after the Assad regime and militias are over, and when Syria becomes safe in which a person can live free and dignified.
I am from Homs, born in 1956, and I was displaced from Syria on Dec/2011, as a result of heavy bombing in my area, and I now live in Istanbul, Turkey, I work in the field of general trade.
My personal vision is that returning to Syria would be available when a safe environment is achieved under the Syrians' conditions and by international guarantees.