Wed, Aug 18|
Promoting positive diversity in public life - 2nd
Time & Location
Aug 18, 2021, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Qamishli, Qamishli, Syria
About the event
Diversities, especially minority rights, have been promoted steadily over the past two decades, and have become a pillar of human rights and valid democratic practices, starting with two important areas: linguistic and educational rights, and adding another area, political participation, showing that the preventive rights against discrimination of minorities cannot be guaranteed without the minorities, themselves, actively participating in the political process. In northeastern Syria, there is a form of positive diversity management such as the exercise of all components of their linguistic rights and there is a representation of minorities in government. However, the criteria for minority participation remain largely unspecified, ambiguous, and politically polarized. Minorities, particularly women and IDPs, face societal pressures, government marginalization, and exclusion, as some IDPs describe. There are also many restrictions that limit their access to services and prevent them from participating in economic activities.
The prerequisite for establishing a peaceful and democratic governance environment is effective participation in public life. However, without effective participation, minority groups can become marginalized, exposed and vulnerable. As such, access to the civil and judicial service, as well as law enforcement, are one of their rights. and the right to effective involvement, which constitutes an important aspect of fair governance, it is also important, in particular, to be consulted on decisions that affect them directly. Whereas the effective participation of minorities in public life is an essential element of a peaceful and democratic society; whereas it is in the interest of the stability of the local government model to provide for the political inclusion of minorities, in order to avoid the consequences of exclusion. Involvement in politics should be regarded as a means of protecting the rights of components, past experience shows that the political participation of minorities alone, without a comprehensive framework for protecting the rights of components, is insufficient. Political representation in northeast Syria was limited to quotas in decision-making, while it was easy to obtain laws ensuring the effective representation of minorities in government.
Lack of adequate political representation of minorities has led to inadequate provision of community protection, and their participation in governance processes has often been very weak at all levels, especially for women, as they lack political representation in government or representation in the public service.