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Alawites Wash Their Hands of Assad’s Regime | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad take positions on a look-out point overlooking the historic city of Palmyra in Homs Governorate in this handout picture provided by SANA on March 27, 2016. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

Beirut- Alawite clerics yesterday issued a document stipulating that the sect denounces all crimes committed by the Syrian Bashar al Assad regime. They emphasized that for a governing system to prove legitimate, it should be instituted by democracy.

The document was first leaked to the Syrian public, and thereon spread out to Western media. Clerics specified that all Muslim sects are “brothers”, and that the Alawite sect should not bear the burden of crimes staged by the ruling regime. Syria’s future now is within the hands of the international community, the document stated.

Alawites who signed the document of “identity reform” asserted that a government’s legitimacy is determined by a democratic standard followed by the serving of human rights.

Clerics’ signatures went unnamed due to fears which threaten their lives. Those who endorsed the document also refused all religious categorization which sets the Alawites to be an off-shoot of the Shi’ite sect.

“All fatwas – undisputed Sharia law issued by Muslim religious scholars- ensuing Alawites from the Shi’ite sect, making Alawites a branch of Shi’ism, are completely nullified to Alawites and non-existing,” the document underwriters said.

The Sunday Telegraph, British broadsheet newspaper, yesterday published that a spokesperson on behalf of the document signers, who requested anonymity, revealed an overwhelming wish of the Alawites sect wishing to reinstate a new relationship with the Sunni sect.

Furthermore, the Riyadh-based High Negotiations Committee (HNC) warned that the truce could collapse given that the regime was taking advantage of the clashes with ISIS to gain foothold over Syrian Opposition zones.

Head of the HNC delegation to Geneva Assad al Zubi told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the truce was dead before even being born, and that the HNC has presented the U.N. – four days ago- a report naming over a thousand documented regime violations.

All violations have been noted in details, specifying location and time, al Zubi said.