The Syrian Democratic Council

who are we

The Definition of the Council:

It is a Syrian national democratic framework that consists of societal and political powers and independent figures who ratify its documents.

It is open to all political organizations and figures in order to assume their responsibilities in saving Syria and achieving the aspirations of the Syrian people for the comprehensive democratic change, gender equality, justice, and building a regime that expresses the national project.

For this reason, the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is engaged in a continuous struggle to combat extremism in all its forms, and to establish civil administrations that lay the foundation for a democratic political regime that translates the principle of decentralization that guarantees the success of sustainable development projects throughout the country and undermines the foundations of discrimination and authoritarianism.

Also, the Syrian Democratic Council is the reference and political umbrella for the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria and the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is authorized to conduct any negotiating process, considering the option of a political solution by negotiations as the only method to save the country.

The founding conference of the Council was held in the city of Derik (northeastern Syria) on December 9th, 2015.

The Political Document of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC)

After more than a century of the international agreements that resulted from the First World War, when the new maps of the region were drawn without any consideration of the aspirations of the people in the region followed by the authoritarian nationalist regimes’ assumption of power in the newly established states, structural crises and internal wars started again in the region, manifested in Syria as a third world war that has been going on for six years. The Syrian crisis entered its seventh year and the war machine continues to take lives and spread death and destruction during the failure of Syrians to reach consensual formulas and develop a political project to take the country out of the darkness despite holding dozens of conferences, but there is not a consensus on resolving the crisis by the international powers concerned with the Syrian file. The violence of the authoritarian regime and counter-violence have led to the death of hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrians, and like them, are missing people, more than two million wounded and disabled and millions of displaced peoples as well as the complete destruction of most cities, towns and villages and their infrastructure.

Consequently, the popular movement, which began in mid-March in 2011, lacked the efficient leadership capable of leading and directing the process of change and democratic transition for many reasons, the most important of which are the absence of a correct vision of Syria’s reality and the prospects of its future, the lack of good strategies and plans to develop this popular movement and thus turn the Syrian issue into a complicated crisis, and the lack of reliance on the available local powers, which in turn allowed external interventions to violate Syria’s sovereignty to the point that the foreign powers have become the decisive factor, and often the only ones that control the directing the crisis. Therefore, Syria was exposed to countless external interventions, and the sources of funding were numerous so these sources were able to use the Syrian arena to settle their score and serve their strategic and tactical interests. Thus, there was a chance for the emergence and growth of extremist fundamentalist groups which later dominated the fragile and inadequately organized Syrian opposition powers, such as Al Qaeda, Al Nusra Front, and ISIS as terrorist extremist groups that fight under the name of religion against all human values.

The events of the previous years in Syria and the region have confirmed to us that the revolution at this stage and in such situations undoubtedly needs a comprehensive theory that obviously embodies the modernity and ensures the effective and responsible participation of different peoples and components in building, protecting and developing a new democratic regime. The best example of this is the experience of the Democratic Autonomous Administration in Rojava (northern Syria) which has been responsible for managing the region in difficult circumstances. In addition, it has secured people’s lives from the attacks of the Takfiri groups and provided livelihood for its residents despite the severe siege on the region. The participatory administration represented the existing components of the region, and it enhanced the fraternal ties among them on the basis of peaceful coexistence. Under this administration, Syrians sacrificed their lives to build a free and dignified life. Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, Assyrians and Turkmen fought in the past and still fight together against the fiercest aggression and still sacrifice on a daily basis.

The political solution for the Syrian crisis imposes itself as the only solution capable of putting an end to the tragedy and gives the chance for all the components of society to play the desired role in Syria’s future, based on democratic foundations to build a democratic pluralistic society and decentralized constitutional institutions.

As the Syrian crisis is a structural crisis based on one nation-state, tyranny, and exclusion, the solution in Syria must be directed towards decentralization, partnership and true democracy to enable all components, regardless of their views and affiliations, to achieve their aspirations in the common homeland, which must include all without exclusion or monopolization or domination. It must be a homeland governed by just laws and run by democratic institutions, guaranteed by a modern constitution. On the contrary, the insistence on the nation-state or the imposition of a centralized government will lead to the division of Syria.

 On the other hand, the insistence on a decentralized federal Syria does not mean abolishing the centralization entirely. Rather, the centralization will shift from being a tool of control to a mean of co-ordination and unification of all the regions that constitute the whole of the country, while maintaining of management specific functions that are generally strategic.

In order to stop the bloodshed in Syria and the state of fragmentation of its political powers, and to confront and defeat terrorism, an intra-Syrian dialogue is needed to rebuild a free democratic Syria, based on justice, diversity, equality between the sexes, and the consideration of women’s freedom as the basis of all freedoms. Syria has an important role to play in democratizing regimes throughout the Middle East and it will define the political systems in the region for the next hundred years. Therefore, we rely on Syria as a decentralized pluralistic democracy.

Accordingly, the SDC, established on 8-9 December, 2015 in Derik, emphasizes the following principles:

  • The people of the Syrian state are an integrated community unit, based on equal citizenship in rights and duties without any distinctions. They are free and sovereign within their state and are proud of their diversity and rich cultural heritage. They build their state on the basis of shared history, peaceful coexistence and common living and work for the public interest with the participation of all its components without exclusion. The Syrian people express the harmonious interaction of the community among the indigenous peoples in the region, such as the Arabs, Kurds, Syriacs, Assyrians, Chaldeans and other nationalities such as, Turkmen, Circassians and Armenians. All ethnicities enjoy legitimate national rights in accordance with international covenants and pacts. So, the Syrian people are united within the entity of the Syrian state with emphasis on the recognition of social and political diversity.
  • Acknowledging the Syrian diversity and the constitutional recognition of national rights of the Kurdish people, Syriacs, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Armenians, Turkmen and Circassians peoples, and resolving their issues in a democratic and just manner in accordance with international pacts and covenants.
  • Preserving the unity and participation of the Syrian homeland. A homeland that does not confine itself to a single ethnicity or language or religion, but a multilingual, multinational and multi-faith homeland that enjoys the patriotic spirit based on attachment to the territory, ecology and progress away from ethnic or Soviet beliefs.
  • Transition from a state of political tyranny, soviet mindset, centralized regime and nation-state regime to a democratic federal and decentralized regime. It is impossible for a state to be nationalistic and democratic at the same time. The nature of a republic as a nation-state is a key factor in the exclusion and elimination of the democratic characteristics of societies. If the cultural diversity is applied on the political reality of Syria, and thus the principle of the democratic resolution will be in line with the model of Syrian democratic federal republic, as an inclusive political regime of all federations for all citizens. This means that the core principle of the democratic nation is gotten, and there can be several federal regions according to the will of the social components of the country.
  • In order to consolidate the principles of democracy and secularism, there must be a consensual democratic constitution that is considered the legal guarantor of the unity of the federations within the common homeland.
  • Fighting various Takfiri groups, countering the culture of extremism in all forms and support the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to complete the liberation of Syria’s regions from terrorist groups and extremist forces.
  • Considering women’s freedom as the basis and guarantee of all freedoms. In order to eliminate undemocratic and unjust practices against women, there is a need for constitutional articles guaranteeing gender equality in all spheres of life. Therefore, the effective participation of women in the process of drafting a new constitution for Syria is essential.
  • Considering equal representation of both sexes in all spheres of life as a fundamental principle for achieving a just and free life in the Syrian society and must be ensured by the constitution.
  • Adopting an economic policy that protects society and the environment from monopolistic influences, meets the needs of society, achieves the fair distribution of the wealth that we have as Syrians, and eliminates unemployment, so that work is secured for everyone.
  • Considering the linguistic and cultural rights of every nation in all fields as a basic human right. Therefore, education in mother tongues in the new constitution, guarantees for all the Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians and Turkmen, is essential to strengthen the social and cultural fabric of Syrian society, which gives the chance for a voluntary union among all components.
  • The self-defense is a fundamental issue related to the existence of peoples and the protection of their social and cultural identities in Syria. Life without self-defense ends up in tragedies, disasters and the destruction of societies. Therefore, guaranteeing the self-defense of societies is imperative to secure a free, equal and just life.
  • Young people are considered as an active power in society. They must be represented in the desired democratic regime with real representation, and they are the vanguard of the democratic change process. Therefore, caring for them and giving them the right for representation and work in all spheres of life is one of the principles of a free life.
  • Ensuring the rights of people with special needs, especially the victims of the devastating war that Syria has experienced and is experiencing during the war years.
  • Considering the old fighters as one of the moral values of the revolution, in which they require taking care of and ensuring their rights in a decent and dignified life.
  • Protecting children and developing creative projects to save the children of violence years from the consequences of displacement, militarization and illiteracy according to international laws and norms.
  • Social justice is a guarantee of the social peace and balanced development.
  • Adopting the good-neighborliness principle and relations based on mutual interests as principles to maintain the national security.
  • Emphasis on the unity of Syrian territory.
  • Martyrs are the moral values of the revolution and society, and reviving them according to the society and history means the preservation of the revolution. Therefore, taking care of their families is a moral duty.

The principles of the SDC are a Syrian democratic national project that seeks to include all social components and political entities at this exceptional and critical stage to enable them to assume their responsibilities to save their country from the tragedy it faces and to achieve their people’s aspirations for comprehensive change and the establishment of an alternative democratic regime. The SDC is the project that will unify Syria and save it from the state of division that has suffered over the past years. It is a political umbrella of the SDF, the forces that have made sacrifices for the future of Syria.

The Democratic Transition

  • Roadmap to resolve the Syrian crisis

 

The developments in the Middle East and Syria, the destruction caused by the authoritarian central nation-states, which forcibly defined their borders, regimes of the global hegemony at the beginning of the last century, and their political consequences were obvious; all of those matters mean that our region, especially Syria, is being ravaged by crises that have structural, cognitive, political and socio-economic basics, and that societies cannot be controlled by the old management style of authoritarian states, and instead of that , the establishment of a democratic society should be done as a new stage in the form of democratic regimes and nations. Union, brotherhood, collective life and pluralism in the Middle East, Syria in particular, and its traditions and cultural heritage are more ancient than anywhere else. Despite the fragmentation of national or ideological countries that were established by the senior classes in society, peoples and communities have adopted living alongside in brotherhood and peace, so they did not know the politics of hatred, enmity, marginalization, fragmentation and defining borders. Those who complicate these matters and create conflicts are the dominant internal and external powers. According to these facts, we believe that a realistic resolution in Syria is achieved by building a democratic society; so through it, the structure of the centralized, intolerant and tyrannical nation-state will not be allowed, permanent and radical solutions for democratic and social issues aren’t be found. Moreover, all international consultations that have taken place so far on the future of Syria are intractable to a resolution based on the central and authoritarian state regime, and that the conception of a democratic decentralized Syria is the way out of this stubbornness, to which all relevant international understandings are directed.

Many procedures should be done to achieve the following:

Peaceful coexistence among peoples, achieving the establishment of a democratic, ecological and social society, building a regime of law and democracy that secures a free and dignified life for all segments of the people, and commitment to the values ​​of truth and social justice away from the concepts of the military and religious nation-state, equality without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, creed or denomination or gender with the aim of implement the moral and political fabric of Syrian society its function of mutual understanding and coexistence within pluralism, and respect for the principle of peoples’ right to self-determination and their right for liberation. Respect for international peace and security. Ensure women’s rights on the basis of de facto equality, and guarantee the rights of children and youth. Ensuring self-protection and legitimate defense, respecting freedom of religion and belief, and the state’s neutrality towards it. We believe that the resolution roadmap that based on the constitutional principles draft is carried out by a comprehensive negotiating process, in a safe and appropriate environment, gradually in two phases which are:

Firstly, Preliminary Steps and Confidence Building Measures

1- Combating terrorism and eliminating its intellectual and financial sources.

2- Announcing a comprehensive ceasefire under international supervision and monitoring, and controlling and monitoring the borders to prevent coming of terrorist groups and armed groups that do not believe in a political solution.

3- Launching extensive and continuous dialogues among all parties to bring together views and agree on a vision for the future of Syria.

4- Release detainees and abductees by all parties.

5- The expulsion of all foreign fighters from Syrian territory and ensuring that by an UN resolution.

6- Ending the Turkish occupation of the Syrian territories, unanimously fighting the forces of terrorism and extremism such as ISIS and Al-Nusra and their related organizations, supporting any Syrian national resistance to the Turkish occupation, working to restore all occupied Syrian territories, and ending all occupations.

7- Lifting the siege on all besieged areas, allowing relief organizations to work in all Syrian regions, lifting economic sanctions on Syria, revitalizing economic life and employment, and meeting the basic requirements for a decent life for all Syrians.

8- Immediately start creating conditions for the return of the displaced with the help of United Nations organizations.

9- Considering any demographic change in any Syrian region as a crime that must be dealt with.

10- Considering the Kurdish issue in Syria a national and democratic issue. A just and democratic resolution must be found on the basis of constitutional recognition of the legitimate national rights of the Kurdish people.

11- Legal and constitutional recognition of the Autonomous Administration in northern and eastern Syria, and democratic decentralization in the regions according to their particular circumstances.

12- Constitutional recognition of the existence and national identity of the Syriac Assyrians and considering their Syriac language a national language.

13- Considering the empowering of women politically, culturally, economically and socially as a national democratic issue and includes it constitutionally, as well as promoting women’s participation in decision-making processes and empowering them in fields of the legitimate defence and security.

14- Unlocking public and individual freedoms, freedom of opinion, freedom of expression, media, and launching political, cultural freedoms, and the freedom to form parties and associations.

Secondly, The political process’s starting points and steps

1- The resolution should be intra-Syrian under international sponsorship and guarantee by negotiation, direct dialogue and consensus based on the relevant international resolutions.

2- Rejecting the military resolution and focusing on the democratic political dialogue as a basic method for a resolution.

3- The formation of a constituent assembly by a general Syrian national conference entrusted with the task of legislation and oversight, representing all components of the people of Syria in a fair manner.

4- Forming a transitional government with broad powers.

5- The goal of the political process is to end tyranny in all its forms, make a comprehensive and radical democratic change and rebuild Syria according to a decentralized democratic regime guaranteed by a constitution that Syrians agree upon and responds to their will to coexist and one national belonging, in which the powers of governance and matters of sovereignty are distributed between the center and the parties in a way that achieves full partnership and general interest within the unity of Syrian territory.

6- Suspending the current constitution, declaring basic or above-constitutional principles, and forming a committee to draft a consensual, democratic constitution project representing all actors in resolving the Syrian crisis that formulates the new Syrian constitution in accordance with the document of basic principles.

7- Setting a timetable for the democratic transition process, at the end of which general elections will be held at the level of Autonomous Administrations and at the general national level in accordance with the new constitution.

8- Cancellation of all exceptional and racist laws, procedures and projects.

9- Forming a commission for justice, reconciliation and civil peace and achieving the transitional justice.

10- Forming a military council that works to integrate fighters who believe in a political solution into a new national army and restructure the security services, after agreeing on the formula, form and means of the legitimate self-defense.

11- Forming an economic council entrusted with working on reconstruction and building the national social economy.

12- The participation of women in the entire political process as a prerequisite for the success of the negotiation process and the constitutional guarantee of their rights.

13- The transitional government should abide by the agreed terms regarding the distribution of powers and authorities between the Center and the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.

14- The transitional government should take the necessary measures and procedures for the referendum on the constitution and the holding of elections.

15- The tasks and powers of the transitional government expire with the first session of the Legislative Council.

The internal system of the Syrian Democratic Council

Firstly: Definition of the Council

The Syrian Democratic Council is a Syrian national democratic framework consisting of societal and political powers and independent figures who ratify its documents.

It is open to all political organizations and figures in order to assume their responsibilities in saving Syria and achieving the aspirations of the Syrian people in comprehensive democratic change, gender equality, justice and ensuring women’s rights.

For this reason, the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is engaged in a continuous struggle to combat extremism in all its forms, and to establish civil administrations that lay the foundation for a democratic political regime that expresses the principle of decentralization that is a guarantor for the success of sustainable development projects throughout the country, and undermines the foundations of discrimination and domination.

Secondly: The Slogan

It is a map of Syria in yellow within a white circle, and the name of the council is written in black, red and blue within the circle.

Thirdly: The Basic Principles

  • The internal system of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is the primary organizer of organizational relations among the powers of the Council, its parties, figures and components.
  • The Syrian Democratic Council is the political reference and the umbrella for Autonomous Administrations, civil councils, and the SDF.

Fourthly: The Decision-Making Mechanism

 Decisions in the Syrian Democratic Council are made by consensus, and in the event of failure, a vote is taken by the opinion of the absolute majority regarding administrative decisions, and a two-thirds majority regarding strategic political decisions.

Fifthly: The Organizational Policy of the Syrian Democratic Council

  • Democracy is a culture, practice and approach, where it contributes the development of the Council’s work and its path.
  • Ensuring the right of the other opinions, and enabling them to present their arguments within the institutions of the Council.
  • Adherence to the results of the consensuses, and holding accountable for the violators without hesitation.
  • Adopting decentralization in institutions as an administrative mechanism in making decision, implementation within the general system and adherence to the Council’s path and decisions.
  • Enhancing the presence of women to reach the similar participation in all positions with the same percentage with men.
  • Closing gaps among generations, and enhancing the participation of youth in decision-making centers.
  • Avoiding duplication in tasks and involving all those who are capable in assignment and responsibilities.

Sixthly: Membership

 There are two types of membership in the council: –

A- Individual members

B- Members from civil powers, parties and civil activities

– Membership represents an expression of voluntary acceptance to abide by the decisions issued by the Syrian Democratic Council, acceptance of its vision, program and documents, and a desire to participate in its organizational structures.

– Membership should be terminated by resignation or death.

– Membership is terminated when the member violates the basic principles of the Syrian Democratic Council, council’s documents, objectives and policies with obvious proof, and the decision is made with the approval and ratifying of the Presidential Council, and also the General Conference has the right to review, confirm or cancel the decision.

Seventhly: The Council’s Organizational Structure

 The General Conference 1-

2-The Co- Presidency

3-The Presidential Council

4-The Executive Body

5-Sub-centers

6-Specialized Committees

7- The Human Rights Committee

8- The Martyrs’ Families Committee

9- The Legal and Consultative Committee

 The General Conference

A – The General Conference is the highest authority in the Council, it sets the general policies and it is held regularly every two years and exceptionally whenever needed, and the extraordinary conference is called upon with the approval of two-thirds of the members of the Presidential Council.

B- The conference members are accredited and they are the main members in the following conference.

C- Regarding the following conferences, members are added according to the new institutions emerged from the Council or the new allies, and a percentage of the affiliated members between two conferences.

D- The General Conference ratifies decisions of the Presidential Council, all the regulations submitted to it, or amends them, and evaluates the work of the Co-Chairmanship, the Executive Body, and the Presidential Council between two conferences.

E- Amending the internal system, ratifying and reviewing the documents of the Presidential Council, are the tasks of the conference.

F-The consensus on the Co-Chairmanship and the Presidential Council is agreed upon in the General Conference and their legitimacy is taken from its approval of both of them.

G- Ratifying the final statement of the conference.

The Co-Chairmanship

It is the political interface that represents the following tasks:

A – It chairs the work of the Presidential Council and supervises the work of the Executive Body.

B- It invites for holding periodic and extraordinary meetings of the Presidential Council and the Executive Body.

C- The decisions and generalizations are issued under its name.

D- Following-up the implementation of policies and the work of the specialized bureaus by the presidency of the Executive Body.

E- It represents the council regarding political activities, parties, the working power, and with various parties at home and abroad.

F- It calls for an extraordinary conference of the General Conference with the approval of two-thirds of the members of the Presidential Council.

The Presidential Council

A – It is considered the highest institution for policymaking and decision-making between two conferences, and it is made up of representatives of powers and parties, representatives of participating civil departments and councils, and independent figures representing the societal and political balance.

B – The Presidential Council makes decisions and develops appropriate plans based on the general policy of the General Conference. It meets periodically every month.

C- Ratifying the budget set by the Executive Body.

D- Making high decisions in the national or electoral entitlements and nominations.

E- The decision to participate in political alliances or withdraw from is made by it.

 F- Withdrawing confidence from members of the Executive Body or holding one of the members accountable by checking the work of bureaus.

G- Its members choose the Executive Body by consensus.

H- The number of members of the Presidential Council is not less than 40 members.

The Executive Body

It is responsible for implementing the decisions of the General Conference and the Presidential Council, and its tasks as following:

A – Ensuring good management of the affairs of the Council at the organizational, administrative, financial and media levels.

B- It sets the program of work regarding the affairs of external and internal relations and the budget of the council and submits it to the Presidential Council for approval.

C -It Supervises Autonomous Administrations and civil councils, follows up their work and submits their activities to the Presidential Council.

D- The members of the Executive Body should be determined according to the proposed bureaus, and a chairperson should be named to lead its work.

E- The number of members of the Executive Body is determined according to specialized and proposed bureaus.

F- The Executive Body applies the Quota of 50% for its members

 Specialized Bureaus and Their Work

They are affiliated with the Executive Body, and two members of the Executive Body (as Co-Chairmanship) supervise the specialized bureau, they form the members of the bureau, follow up its activities and periodic meetings, and submit matters to the Executive Body at its meeting as soon as.

The bureaus are distributed as follows:

(Secretariat, Organizational Bureau, Financial Bureau, Public Relations Bureau, Media Bureau, Women Bureau, Youth Bureau and what can be suggested when needed)

Secretariat Bureau

Two members of the Executive office supervise the secretariat to implement the work requirements according to the following:

1- It organizes and archives records of members and blocs in the council.

2- It is the body concerned with preparing for the meetings of the Executive Body and the Presidential Council, communicating invitations to attend it, and writing down its records, archiving and keeping them in a proper way so that they are easily accessible when needed.

3- Forming a bureau to coordinate the meetings and gatherings of the Presidential Body.

4- Controlling and archiving all outgoing and incoming correspondences of the Council.

Organization Bureau

The tasks of the Organization Bureau are determined as the following:

1- Supervising the formation of regional councils and branches.

2- Preparing the laws and regulations that regulate the work of the Council.

3-The number of members of the annual general conference is determined in coordination with the preparatory committee.

The Financial Bureau

The tasks of the Financial Bureau are determined as follows:

A – Direct supervision over the council’s financial resources and its expenditures.

B- Establishing a financial and accounting system for the Council.

C – Auditing all spending money and expenditures that take place within the council.

D- It proposes to the Presidency to distribute the expenditures.

E – Donations are collected from the council’s members.

Public Relations Bureau

The tasks of the public relations bureau are determined as following:

A- It is responsible for political and diplomatic relations at home and abroad.

B- Communicating with all the Syrian powers at home and abroad, in a way that serves the interests of the Syrian people, with all their components.

C- Working to improve social relations among Syrian people and their components, and strengthening ties among all components by participation in all religious, national and patriotic occasions and other occasions that bring together members of society.

Media Bureau

The tasks of the Media Bureau are determined as the following:

A- Communicating with printing, audio and visual media, and supervising the council’s website, and it may seek the assistance of whom it sees appropriate to achieve this.

B- Laying out media plans, programs and the basis for communicating with all actor parties in society.

C- Issuing a periodical and spoken publications on behalf of the Council.

Women’s Bureau

Its duties are determined as the following:

A- Educating women to be able to play their pioneering role in society.

B- Empowering women in decision-making positions and activating their role in all political, social and economic aspects.

C- Working to ensure that women from all components of Syrian society join the council.

D- Communication with all women’s organizations at home and abroad.

E- Struggling to end violence against women of all its forms.

Youth Bureau

                                             Its duties are determined as the following:

A- It aims to organize and rehabilitate all the Syrian youth in order to involve them regarding the intellectual advancement and leadership of the Syrian society to reach freedom and democracy.

B- It is considered the organizational umbrella that organizes the youth in society.

C- It holds a position within all organizational levels of the SDC, and it is responsible for the decisions of the Syrian Democratic Council

 D- It is considered the organizational mechanism through which it represents itself in the Syrian Democratic Council.

Branch Centers

On the proposal of the Organization Bureau in the regions and cities, centers representing the council are formed, in which the parties participating in the Syrian Democratic Council participate in that region. The committees and bureaus are distributed according to need, and the Co-Presidency of the center follows the center in its work of the Executive Body.

Eighthly: General Rules

1- This internal system is considered effective after being ratified by the conference.

          2- Amending the terms of the internal system or changing them are done by the powers of the General Conference.

3- The Presidential Council has the right to amend the internal system or add items because of the necessities of the administrative work according to what the new developments and needs require.

4- The council adheres to the principle of Co-Chairmanship in all its bureaus and organizational structures.

5- The quota of women is 50 %.

The Syrian Democratic Council