A new Syrian constitution can only be achieved through an inclusive process in pursuit of a national consensus which encompasses the voices of all factions of society, according to a new report from Syrians for Truth and Justice (STJ).
The STJ and other non-governmental actors believes that any solution cannot be quickly imposing a new and permanent constitution on a society still recovering from the wounds of war, but instead by engaging in a critical, multifaceted process which accounts for diversity of opinion, adds the report, Syrian Voices for an Inclusive Constitution.
With support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), STJ organized consultations and documented the perspectives of over 80 Syrian civil society representatives, activists, and civilians in Northeastern and Northwestern Syria on the constitution-building process in Syria. To share the results of the consultations, STJ published five supplementary reports:
- “The Formation and Responsibilities of the Syrian Constitutional Committee”
- “Syria’s Diversity Must be Defended and Supported by Law”
- “Transitional Justice and the Constitution Process in Syria”
- “Governance and Judicial Systems and the Syrian Constitution”
- “Socio-Ecological Justice and the Syrian Constitution”
At a Brussels conference this month, civil society groups called on stakeholders to protect aid from abuse, prevent the deportation of refugees to Syria, support an inclusive peace process, systematically investigate the impact of sanctions on civilians, and prioritize Syrians’ food and water security.