Free Syrian Army Proclamation of Principles

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We the commanders and representatives of the Military Councils of the Free Syrian Army hereby proclaim these principles: 

  • We believe in a free and democratic Syria where all Syrian citizens, regardless of their ethnicity, creed, religion or class shall enjoy equal rights and live in liberty, justice and peace.
  • We believe in a pluralistic, multi-ethnic, multi-religious society that honors and upholds freedom of expression, thought and conscience. 
  • We believe in the freedom of association and assembly. No Syrian shall be forced into a political association or denied equal participation in political life. 
  • We believe that the rule of law shall apply equally to all Syrians, shall be honored by the governing bodies of Syria, and shall reign supreme throughout the nation. 
  • We believe that the governing bodies and public authorities shall protect all citizens from persecution, fear and cruel or unusual punishment. 
  • We reject all forms of terrorism and will fight against the scourge of revenge killing in our land. 
  • We recognized the threat posed by Syria’s chemical and biological weapons stockpiles and pledge to safeguard these dangerous materials. 
  • We welcome peace and security in our region, the wider Middle East and beyond. 
  • The Free Syrian Army is a military structure responsible to all Syrian citizens and will submit to the authority of a democratically elected civilian government. 
  • We seek a peaceful end to Syria’s crisis, but will fight if necessary to end the dictatorship of the Assad. Our aim is to protect Syria’s civilians and to guarantee a brighter future. 
  • We will uphold international humanitarian laws, including treating prisoners humanely, even as the Assad regime engages in crimes against humanity and ignores international obligations. Additionally, we will not tolerate the killing or maiming of civilians, the recruitment or use of children by armed groups, attacks on schools or hospitals, kidnapping or abduction, denial of humanitarian access, or sexual violence. 
  • We welcome our international allies and partners to assist us in this revolution for freedom and dignity.
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