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The Visit of the Executive Director as a part of the delegation of the Syrian opposition to the Belgian Foreign Ministry and the European Union

The Executive Director of Assistance Coordination Unit, Eng. Mouhamad Hassno, as part of a delegation from the National Coalition, The Syrian Interim Government and some representatives of the Syrian civil society organizations, visited the European Union headquarters in the Belgian capital Brussels. He met with a number of European officials on the Syrian file. He also met with Marc Otte, Ambassador of the Belgian Foreign Ministry to Syria, Middle East and North Africa, and Johan Verkammen, director of the Belgian Foreign Ministry’s Middle East and North Africa division.
The participants discussed the importance of supporting the institutions and projects of the Interim Government, and this is important in strengthening the position of the Syrian opposition in the political process.
The parties discussed the political file and the latest developments in the political process, stressing the importance of continuing to support the work that is in the human rights and accountability, and the activation of the independent international mechanism to hold accountable the perpetrators of war crimes in Syria.
Stressing that the people of liberated areas need real support after the destruction of most health, educational, service and judicial institutions by the Assad regime and its allies, and stressing that the activation of these institutions will alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people and contribute to the consolidation of the rules of civil democratic work.
It was also stressed that Law No. 10 of the Assad regime perpetuates forced displacement and demographic change, and prevents the return of Syrian refugees to their homes.
The European Union, in support of the release of detainees in Assad’s prisons, has been called, in violation of international law and international humanitarian law, and is one of the largest files of war crimes committed by the Assad regime.
It should be noted that the presence of representatives of The Interim Government and civil society organizations, especially Assistance coordination unit, had a positive and important impact in the meeting to clarify the most important challenges and difficulties facing the activation of institutions and service projects in the liberated areas, in addition to the most important needs to help the large numbers of forcibly displaced In the northern regions of Syria.

At the invitation of the German Foreign Ministry, the Executive Director of the Unit, Eng. Mouhamad Hassno, visited Germany where he met with State Department officials.
During the visit, Hassno made a presentation on the events and developments in Syria, especially in the south, warning of the dangers of the military operation carried out by the regime and its allies, and the impact on the local population and their displacement and asylum. He also stressed the following points:

  • – The opposition may have lost some land, but the popular incubator still believes in the need to build Syria the great freedom and justice land , supporting the Syrian people and standing by it will strengthen the values of the European Union and its commitment to human rights principles.
  • – The need to support stability, institutions and governance in the liberated areas because of the importance of doubling the impact of assistance provided and reduce the waves of asylum and support the steadfastness of people, especially in the newly liberated areas in the north of Syria.
  • – Emphasize the need to hold accountable war criminals (the regime and its aides) who were engaged in criminality and bloodshed of Syria.
  • – The need to support education and governance of the educational process and recognition of certificates issued by the opposition institutions, and emphasize the importance of this sector in support of stability and save a generation of loss after 7 years of destruction and subversion of educational institutions.
  • – Non-recognition of the laws issued by the system such as Law No. (10) and the law of naturalization and compulsory service, all of which aim to seize the property of citizens fleeing the scourge of war and make a demographic change.
  • – The need to end the file of detainees who suffer the most tortures and the fate of many of them is not known so far.
  • – Empowering institutions in stable areas, especially in the north, and work with neighboring countries that have established security stability factors in the region to stabilize and ensure the return of people to their cities, towns and villages.

Over-plagued with deadly siege, the Eastern Ghota is still subject to a vicious military regime attack in an attempt to force its people to flee for their life or just die in place. The sufferings in Eastern Ghota have been continuing, unabated for more than five running years, leaving the area bereaved of almost all basic necessities for survival with grave shortage of resources. The Syrian regime is currently making attempts to displace the civilians by wreaking havoc in the area, preventing the entry of basic foodstuffs, and denying medical access for critical cases or even their exit for treatment.

In a series of reports issued by the Information Management Unit (IMU) of the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) and through its network of enumerators and in coordination with the Local Council of Rural Damascus Governorate, the 2nd edition of the report ” Siege and Death in the Eastern Ghouta” is issued to sound off warning bells about the hardship situation in Eastern Ghota, much as it is intended to raise the alarm regarding the displacement enforced and the human rights violations committed by the regime. The report at the same time sheds lights on the looming catastrophe before it may occur.

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Worsening bad living conditions are increasingly engulfing IDPs in northern Syria camps; especially with the advent of the winter season, with their growing numbers and consequently the growing of their needs and the scarcity of aid provided by humanitarian organizations, especially during the past two years. It is worth noting that late humanitarian response and delay in sending emergency materials delayed the implementation of winter projects and negatively affected IDPs.

Information Management Unit (IMU) of the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) has prepared for the third year consecutively a study1 on the most important IDP needs for winter season in 176 camps within nine different clusters in Northern Syria with 13 camps wider coverage compared to the previous winter needs dashboard. This study aims to strengthen the planning and decision-making capacity of aid actors responding to IDPs crisis and provide humanitarian aid that meets all the needs in order to reduce the bad effects of winter on IDPs. The total number of displaced families within the assessed camps was 34,790, with a total population of 192,284.

More detailed information about IDPs needs in northern Syria camps are available within the monthly IMU’s “IDP Camps Monitoring Interactive Report”

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Following the release of the Information Management Unit’s (IMU) third Schools in Syria Report in May 2017, the IMU’s Education in Northern Syria Camps Report seeks to fill the existing information gap on camp schools in northern Syria. Working to identify pointed recommendations and interventions to improve the sector, the report examines 44 schools, in 171 camps, spread across eight camp clusters. With more than 173,000 residents, including some 55,700 school age children, the report has found that the sector is in significant need of support.

 

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Schools in Camps 2017 Interactive Map

 

 

 

The advocacy and communication department in ACU releases its descriptive report about . the forced displacement in Syria.The report includes only the official agreements between  local inhabitants and the Syrian regime while many other cases of displacement like the those done by PYD happened but not mentioned in the report because they were unofficial…Read the full report.

 

 

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The ACU’s Information Management Unit launched the third version of its Syrian Public School Assessment Report, to highlight the impact of the Syrian conflict on education and the needs of students and school supplies. The questionnaire for this report was developed from questionnaires used in previous reports in order to reach several indicators… Read and download the full report.

 

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On Wednesday, 3 May 2017, it was reported that two IDP camps, near the Turkish
borders, were attacked by an unidentified drone. One of the IMU enumerators visited
the locations to document the event, assess the damage, and identify the needs of the
affected IDPs. He met some of the inhabitants as well as the manager of Aleppo 1 Camp,
and gathered information from them about the details of the…

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The humanitarian situation:
On April 6 2017, Syrian Democratic Forces supported by International coalition besieged the city.
According to the estimations, 30 thousand people became completely besieged within the city, and isolated from the outer world due to the blockade applied by SDF and the international coalition, in addition to ISIL that prevented them from moving to territories out of its control. Those civilians are now in an urgent need to humanitarian and medical assistance after losing it for weeks due to battels and blockade undertaken since they started to run out of food; they ran out of vegetables and fuel for days, added to the lack of water.
The power was off for 17 days due to the stop of Euphrates dam to provide the service, in addition to the absence of the internet connection within the city except landline connection which is available only in some neighborhoods.

 

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