Recently, the West and the Middle East pundits and analysts have been trying to analyze the provisions of the new draft constitution proposed by the Russian side as a solution to the Syrian conflict.
Naturally, analyzing the provisions, any of the sides involved in the conflict is trying to present itself as the legitimate government. That raises the question of whether to adopt such a draft or not, because a newly appointed government would have to comply with a new constitution. Not surprisingly, not only the moderate opposition and illegal armed groups, but the official Syrian authorities as well subject the draft to all kinds of criticism. Each side is trying to define its strengths and weaknesses and analyze the consequences and the degree of limitation of power. Some of the draft’s provisions are misinterpreted to influence the society by distorting facts and figures.
Reaching to the original document, Inside Syria Media Center decided to move further. We chose not to focus on the analysis of the draft. Instead, we drew an analogy between the Syrian constitutions of 1973&2012 and the draft constitution proposed in 2017.
This research is aimed at ensuring that everyone is able to compare all the facts and figures, understanding their relevance to the project. By looking through the comparison, you can decide which of the provisions are not acceptable for you, and which should be eventually included in the new draft constitution. Media Center is convinced that a constitution should be developed by the Syrian people. However, for a thorough preparation for adopting the constitution the discussion should start now. We need time to study the experience and opinions of all the sides of the sides of the conflict so that the final document would be accepted by all concerned.
The importance of this research is underscored by the current situation which brings us to a point of no return. Our future, the future of our children and the whole nation primarily depends on how the citizens would discuss the draft. We hope that the research will help the Syrians to introduce their suggestions and develop the fundamental law of the state. It’s important to preserve all the best from the previous constitutions, which is the aim of the project carried out by Inside Syria Media Center.
We would like to draw your attention that the research contains only the comparison rather than the full texts. You are welcome to send us your opinion and proposals for compilation which will be delivered to the Syrian Constitutional Commission. We would especially appreciate the opinion of those who lived under the 1950 constitution.
Originally published on 2017-02-14
Source: Inside Syria Media Center
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