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Manna denies meeting Rifaat al-Assad in Geneva


Haytham Manna, the head of overseas department in the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change (NCC), denied meeting Rifaat al-Assad in Geneva on Wednesday. He has expressed his surprise of that rumors, as he is a human right activist, and a member of Arab Commission for Human Rights (ACHR), as it is impossible to meet with a war criminal who killed Syrian people.

“I am one of people who started the criminal case against Rifaat al-Assad” he added.

“I am still a member in Arab Commission for Human Rights (ACHR) and not the commission to protect dictators” he said to Zaman Alwasl. He added that he would confront anyone to confirmed or bring evidence that he met with Rifaat, moreover, he confront anyone to prove his meeting with any member of al-Assad family.

Manna expressed his sorrow for those rumours and he considers them as a defaming campaign against him.

“Assad deprived me from Syrian nationality for 17 years, isn’t it enough evidence” he replied to an accusation that he is part of Syrian Regime. 

He said that he would meet with mikhail bogdanov, the Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affair in, in Geneva separately and he does not have any communication with Rifaat or Qadri Jameel or any person from Syrian regime, as their presence in Geneva does not mean he would meet them.

Manna considered the national coalition and its practices responsible for disagreement and discrepancy between different parties of the opposition. He explained that opposition needs to be one block against the regime, which would help to defeat it.

Haytham Manna is a Syrian writer and a human rights activist who helped in establishing the Arab Commission for Human Rights (ACHR) and became the spokesperson  of it.

 In 2011 during the early stages of the Syrian revolution, he resigned as spokesperson of the ACHR and helped in creating the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change (NCC), one of the two main opposition groups in Syria.


Read the original article; Translation by Yusra Ahmed



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