Organization in al-Swaida: Syrian government does not want any free civil activity

تحرير محمد علاء | ترجمة رند رسلان | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 17 فبراير، 2018 7:40:13 م خبر فن وثقافة ثقافة

Al-Swaida - SMART

On Saturday, the civilian activist organization “Roots of Syria” in al-Swaida, Southern Syria, expressed that the they do not believe the security institutions and parties of the Syrian government “want any free civil activity” in the areas under its control.

A member of the organization, who declined to be identified for security reasons, told SMART that these institutions were “violating freedoms,” citing the Syrian government's decision to close down their organization.

Earlier today, the organization announced that it had received a request from the governor of al-Swaida, Amer al-Ashi, to seal their office with red wax for the third time, in the pretext of the lack of a license. The same anonymous source added that the organization had already submitted several applications for a license, however they were all denied without explanation.

The source pointed out that the criminal security branch in the province of al-Swaida informed them of the decision to close the organization, and that the decision was made by the political security branch. He stressed that they will fight the decision and continue their activity even if they have to “clash with the implementing authorities”.

The Syrian government has issued two previous decisions to close the "Roots of Syria" organization. On Apr. 22, 2017, SMART saw a copy of a decision made by the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor to close the organization. Dozens of people have organized frequent protests, demanding the reopening of the organization's office.

The "Roots of Syria" organization was formed in May 2014, and it is considered an independent, non-profit development organization. It has organized several social and cultural activities, including poetry seminars and exhibitions. In May 2016, it hosted the Syrian thinker Tayeb Taizeny during a political symposium under the title “A reading of what did not happen." The organization also launched a tree planting campaign aimed at replacing the trees cut for heating.

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