The American Coalition for Syria (ACS) firmly believes the right to peaceful protests is a fundamental expression of democratic values and human rights. The Coalition is closely observing the recent events in Sweida, Syria, where three individuals were reported wounded by live fire by regime forces during an anti-Assad protest.
Assad's actions have resulted in immense suffering, the displacement of millions, and the destruction of large swathes of Syria. Peaceful protest is a vital outlet for Syrians to voice their concerns, seek redress, and engage in civic participation. The right to peaceful assembly is enshrined in international law and should be respected and protected.
ACS recognizes the exceptional courage and resilience of those who continue to participate in peaceful protests in Syria, more than a decade after the Syrian Revolution started, and even amidst the grave risks they encounter. Their commitment to calling for peace, security, stability, and justice deserves admiration and support.
A peaceful, negotiated resolution pursuant to United Nations Security Resolution 2254 is imperative to address the root causes of the ongoing conflict in Syria and to obtain a just and sustainable peace that aligns with the aspirations of all Syrians. ACS maintains that normalization with a regime accused of war crimes and responsible for destroying its own country is not viable.