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SLDP Addresses Italian Parliament on Implications of Reopening Italian Embassy in Damascus.

On 15 November 2018, Gianluca Ferrara, a Member of Parliament (Senator) of the Italian Republic filed a petition requesting to reopen the diplomatic channels with Syria by reopening the Italian Embassy. The question was aimed at the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Interior who are expected to answer the question orally before the Senate.

Committed to placing human rights at the forefront of any normalization effort, The Syrian Legal Development Programme (SLDP) addressed the Italian Parliament with a letter to bring awareness on the implications of reopening political and economic ties with the Syrian Government. The letter detailed the international legal liabilities Italian companies can face when participating in reconstruction in Syria with the Syrian Government.

Moreover, the letter highlighted extensively how reconstruction can be a gateway for more human rights violations and international war crimes if not implemented through a human rights sensitive approach and using the legitimate tools that guarantee human rights are well preserved throughout the process.

SLDP advised The Italian Government and its businesses to begin by completing comprehensive due diligence and human rights impact assessments to ensure local partner businesses are not tied to the Syrian Government and that Italian funds will reach the intended populations and do not involve partnerships with war criminals and human rights violators in Syria.

You can read the full letter Here