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    Women Make Up 20% of Syrian Constitutional Committee - List of Members

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Syrian Constitutional Committee, whose establishment was officially announced on 23 September by UN General-Secretary, includes at least 30 women among its 150 members, according to the list.

    The Syrian government and opposition, and civil society are represented equally within the body, which will be tasked with reviewing the Syrian constitution.

    "I hope I will be strong enough to perform this important role", one of the committee's members, Mais Krydee, stated.

    Sputnik obtained the final list of the committee members and found at least 30 women among them.

    Civil Society

    1. Hadia Qaouqji – head of “Damascus Lovers” NGO, office on Istanbul
    2. Hala Naum Nahma
    3. Essam Al Takruri, Syrian academic and poet, PhD in public law, Sorbonne University
    4. Daham Ahmad Al Hadi
    5. Iman Shahoud – judge, president of Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Victims of the Syrian Revolution (ADVR)
    6. Essam Al Zaibak - President of the Crafts' Union in Damascus
    7. Hazem Fasih Al Ashi - Founding partner in Osool Securities Brokerage Company in Syria
    8. Dursin Hussein Al Uskan
    9. Insaf Hamad, a member of the Syrian Women's Advisory Board
    10. Inam Ibrahim Niuf
    11. Jafia Ali, head of Syrian Organization for Persons with Special Needs
    12. Ibrahim Al Diraji
    13. Bahajat Hajar – executive director of Local Administration Councils Unit LACU
    14. George Elias Chamoun
    15. Hassan Haitham Mohamed Mahrous Hassan
    16. Aboud El Serag - Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Damascus, an international expert at the League of the Arab States and the United Nations
    17. Ahmed Talib Kurdi - Rights activist, a former member of the Council of Committees for the Defense of Democratic Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria
    18. Abd Al Ahad Saman Khaju
    19. Raba Abd Al Masih Mirza - President of the Syrian Civil Society
    20. Ali Mohammed Asad
    21. Ali Ahmad Abbas
    22. Ans Gassan Zaria
    23. Sabir Ali Bulul
    24. Jamana Qudur
    25. Khalid Udwan Al Halu
    26. Mohammed Gassan Al Qila
    27. Mohammed Mahir Qibaqibi
    28. Suleiman Abdullah Al Qirfan
    29. Mais Krydee - Syrian Democratic Front
    30. Samira Moubayed - Syrian Christians for Peace
    31. Sonya Mohammed Said Al Halbi
    32. Somer Manir Salih
    33. Samr George Al Diyub
    34. Rifa Samia
    35. Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj - architect and development consultant, served as the CEO of the Syria Trust for Development, a non-governmental foundation providing a framework for a variety of community-based developmental initiatives in Syria
    36. Raghda Zaidan
    37. Sabah Al Halaq
    38. Rasha Younes Lahalah
    39. Mosa Khalil Mitri
    40. Nail Gerges
    41. Mana Jindi
    42. Mana Fadallah Ubeid
    43. Mana Esbiro Salum
    44. Mamduh Al Tihan
    45. Mana Khaiti
    46. Mazen Ghariba
    47. Mazen Darwish – Syrian lawyer, president of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (CMFE)
    48. Elaph Yassin, founder of the orphanage that cares for Syrian children “Karim Home”
    49. Mohammed Kheir Ayub
    50. Faiq Hawayja

    Opposition

    1. Ibrahim Al-Jabbawi - Head of the Information Office of the opposition negotiating body SNC, dissident brigadier
    2. Ahmed al-Ahmar – Cairo platform of opposition
    3. Ahmad Al-Sayed
    4. Ahmed al-Asrawi - National Coordinating Body (NCB) (also SNC)
    5. Ahmed Tomah – SNC
    6. Adwan Hashweh
    7. Elias Mafraj
    8. Anas al-Abdah - head of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces
    9. Badr Jamous - Vice President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces
    10. Bassma Kodmani – SNC, former spokeswoman of Syrian National Transitional Council, co-founder of think tank the Arab Reform Initiative
    11. Bashar Al-Haj Ali
    12. Bashar Al-Zoubi – Free Syrian Army, Southern Front
    13. Jibre’al Kouriyah
    14. Jamal Suleiman – head of Cairo platform
    15. Hassan Al-Hariri
    16. Hassan Abed
    17. Hawas Sadoun, a Kurdish member of a Syrian opposition coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces
    18. Dima Moussa - lawyer, vice president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces
    19. Riyadh Al-Hassan
    20. Zahra Mohammad
    21. Sami Beitinjaneh – Moscow platform
    22. Safwan Akash - SNC
    23. Tariq al-Kurdi - SNC
    24. Abdel-Lahad Istayfawa
    25. Abdel-Bassit Al-Ways
    26. Abdel-Hamid Mohammad Wafa’ Rishah
    27. Abdel-Rashid Barakat
    28. Aroub Al-Masri
    29. Uthtar Mahmoud
    30. Ammar Al-Nahlas
    31. Awad al-Ali – defected officer, minister of defence in the ‘government in exile’
    32. Firas Khalidi – Cairo platform
    33. Kassem Darwish – Cairo platform
    34. Mohammad Al-Saadi
    35. Mohammad Rashid - spokesman for the Jaish al-Nasr rebel group
    36. Mohammad Ali Al-Sabbagh
    37. Mohammad Nouri Ahmad
    38. Mahmoud ‘Attour
    39. Marah Al-Baqa’i
    40. Mohannad Dlykan – Moscow platform
    41. Nibras Al-Fadel – was at Riyadh conference of opposition
    42. Hadi al-Bahra - a member of the Syrian opposition movement, former president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition
    43. Hanadi Abu Arab – SNC
    44. Haytham Rahmeh – Free Syrian Army
    45. Yasser al-Khamees
    46. Yasser al-Farhan - a member of Political Committee of National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionaries Forces
    47. Yahya Aridi – SNC spokesman
    48. Yahya Aziz - National Co-ordination Committee for Democratic Change
    49. Yusuf Suleiman
    50. Yusuf Kadura

    Government

    1. Amal Fouad Yaziji
    2. Ayman Yahya Hamdan
    3. Ayhab Shibli Hamed
    4. Ahmad Fareq Mohammad ‘Arnous
    5. Ahmad Kuzbari – a member of parliament – attended Sochi
    6. Ashwaq Ayoub ‘Abbas – university of Damascus, attended Sochi
    7. Amjad Yasseen Issa – attended Sochi
    8. Anissa Ibrahim Abboud
    9. Ayham Abdel-Rahman Al-Hourani
    10. Bashir Suleiman Al-Halbouni
    11. Turki Aziz Hassan
    12. Jaziya Abdel-Sheikh Ali
    13. Jansit Kazan – attended Sochi
    14. Jamal ‘Abdel-Razzaq Qadri
    15. Jamilah Muslim Al-Sharbaji
    16. Hassan Abdullah Al-Atrash
    17. Hussein Fawzi Farhou
    18. Khaled Khaz’al Khaz’al – attended Sochi
    19. Khaled Moussa Al-‘Abboud
    20. Dareen ‘Abdel-Salaam Suleiman – attended Sochi
    21. Ra’eda Yasseen Waqaf
    22. Radwan Ibrahim Mustafa – attended Sochi
    23. Riyadh Ali Tawouz
    24. Raymoun Sabri Hilal
    25. Sa’ad ‘Abdel-Wahid Nahili
    26. Shireen ‘Abdel-‘Aziz Al-Yousef
    27. Safwan Mohammad Al-Qarbi
    28. Taleb Mohamad Qadi Ameen
    29. Tareq ‘Abdel-Al-Majid Qoutrush – attended Sochi
    30. ‘Abdel-Qader ‘Umar Qablan
    31. ‘Abdel-Qader Mohammad Sha’aban ‘Azouz
    32. ‘Abdullah Mohammad Al-Sayyed
    33. ‘Issa Madallah Al-‘Mikhoul
    34. Ghassan Suleiman ‘Abbas
    35. Fahd Ahmad Al-‘Adawi
    36. Mohammad Akram Mohammad Tayseer Al-‘Ajlani – attended Sochi
    37. Mohammad Bara’a Ahmad Rashid Qaterji
    38. Mohammad Khayr Ahmad Al-‘Akkam
    39. Mohammad Khayr Firas Kinbaher
    40. Mohammad ‘Issam Ahmad Hazimi
    41. Mohammad ‘Alaa’ Mohammad MahjoubAl-Tinawi
    42. Mohammad Maher ‘Abdullah Al-‘Albi
    43. Mohammad Maher Mahmoud Qabaqibi – attended Sochi
    44. Maha Mohammad ‘Ali Al-Ajili
    45. Moussa Elias ‘Abdel-Nour
    46. Muad Mohammad Nasser – attended Sochi
    47. Nizal Sadiq Sidqani
    48. Nazar Ali Al-Skief – attended Sochi
    49. Noura Mardirous Arisiyan
    50. Hisham Hassan Al-Taas

    Female participants from the civil society include Iman Shahoud, a judge and the president of the Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Victims of the Syrian Revolution; Insaf Hamad, a member of the Syrian Women's Advisory Board; Jafia Ali, head of the Syrian Organization for Persons with Special Needs; Raba Abd Al Masih Mirza, President of the Syrian Civil Society; Mais Krydee from the Syrian Democratic Front; and Elaph Yassin, the founder of the Karim Home orphanage for Syrian children.

    Among the women representing opposition are Bassma Kodmani, former spokeswoman of the Syrian National Transitional Council and co-founder of think tank Arab Reform Initiative; Dima Moussa, a lawyer and the vice president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces; and Hanadi Abu Arab from the Syrian Negotiation Commission.

    Members of parliament Ashwaq Abbas and Jansit Kazan, who attended the Syrian Congress of National Dialogue in Sochi, which is where the idea for the constitutional committee was created, are among the members representing the government.

    Syrian Constitutional Committee Includes Few Members of Sochi Opposition

    The final composition of the Syrian Constitutional Committee almost does not include members of moderate opposition who attended the Congress of National Dialogue in Russia's Sochi early last year, Mahmoud Afandi, the secretary of the Syrian opposition movement Popular Diplomacy, stated.

    "So, apparently, there is almost nobody from the so-called Sochi opposition, from those who attended the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi, on the list from civil society or on the list from the opposition", Afandi said, commenting on the full list obtained by Sputnik.

    The politician believes that it was a very smart step initiated by Russia because otherwise, moderate opposition members would basically create the "third front" in the committee.

    "There would be two opposition fronts competing – moderate and more radical, apart from the front of the government. That would really complicate the work of the committee. Apparently, Russia did not want that, and it was a wise decision", he explained.

    The initial agreement to form a constitutional committee was reached during the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in the Russian city of Sochi in January 2018. The 150-member panel will be tasked with drafting reforms to Syria's constitution.

    On 24 September, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that the inaugural meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in Geneva had been set for 30 October. A day after that, UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen stated that the head of the committee had been chosen but did not disclose the name.

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