For nearly 6 years, Syrians have taken to the streets in both nonviolent and armed resistance to state what they do NOT want. The formal Syrian opposition, which formed at the start of the uprising, has largely failed to represent Syrians or to state what they want in the post-Assad era. What is our future?
Given the pace and evolving nature of the Syrian revolution, we know that the collapse of the Assad regime is inevitable. However, the Syrian people must be the architects of their country’s future.
To reconcile Syrians lack of representation, give them a platform to share what they DO want, and create a common vision of a democratic, free Syria, we created the Freedom Charter project. During the course of 1 year, in partnership with the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, we surveyed 50,333 Syrians, both inside and outside Syria.
The subsequent analysis highlighted the rights and freedoms that the Syrian people demand, and the Freedom Charter provides the future leadership – regardless of who or what it is – with key tenets to include in their plans to lead the country during the transition period.
FREE-Syria has extended the work of the original Freedom Charter project. We intend to increase awareness and understanding of the Freedom Charter in Syrian communities all over the world, and foster acceptance of the main principles laid out in the document.
We will accomplish this through presentations to communities, families, and individuals throughout Syria. In addition, we will engage expatriate communities around the world and leverage social media. With proper funding from a variety of organizations, governments, and committed individuals, we will obtain 1,000,000 signatures. Ultimately, we hope to generate enough support that the Freedom Charter will be incorporated in the Constitution of post-conflict Syria.
The extension project will enable Syrians to freely express how they see the future of their country. By implementing this project, Syrians around the world will experience or witness the previously unknown: the ability to state their demands of their government.