Riad Darar

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Riad Hammoud Darar
رياض حمود دارار
Co-leader of the Syrian Democratic Council
Assumed office
25 February 2017
Serving with Amina Omar
Preceded byHaytham Manna
Founding member of the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change
In office
June 2011 – August 2014
Personal details
Born1954 (age 67–68)
Deir ez-Zor, Syria
Nationality Syria
Alma materBachelor's degree on Arabic language in Damascus University[1]

Riad Hammoud Darar (Arabic: رياض حمود دارار, born 1954) is a Syrian opposition political and social activist and author from Deir ez-Zor. He was a proponent of human rights for Kurds in Syria since 2000. During his activism, he was imprisoned by the Syrian government for 5 years and was released in 2010.[2] On 25 February 2017, he was elected as the co-leader of the Syrian Democratic Council.[1]

Early life[edit]

Being of Kurdish origin, descented of a family from Al-Hasakah, Riad Darar was born in Deir ez-Zor in 1954. He received a bachelor's degree on Arabic language some time later, and became a preacher and an imam at a mosque in Deir ez-Zor.[1]

Political career[edit]

Since 2000, Riad Darar became a political activist and began to work with various non-governmental organizations.[1] After an uprising by Kurds in Syria in 2004, Sheikh Muhammad Ma’shouq al-Khaznawi, a Kurdish Sufi religious leader, was arrested and assassinated by the Syrian military intelligence in May 2005. Riad Darar was among those who were present at al-Khaznawi's funeral, and gave a speech. The next month, Darar was arrested.[2] On 2 April 2006, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison by the Supreme State Security Court.[3]

On 10 June 2010, Riad Darar was released from prison.[3] In June 2011, during the early phase of the Syrian uprising, he became a founding member of the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change, a Syrian opposition bloc.[1] Riad Darar became one of the major figures in the Syrian opposition.[4] In August 2014, he resigned from the NCC due to the lack of unity.[5]

On 25 February 2017, during the second conference of the Syrian Democratic Council in al-Malikiyah, Riad Darar was elected as the co-leader of the SDC, replacing Haytham Manna, another former NCC member who resigned from the SDC. Riad Darar then announced his support for federalism and democracy in Syria,[1] including in Deir ez-Zor.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Sardar Mlla Drwish (27 March 2017). "What federalism would mean for northern Syria". Al-Monitor.
  2. ^ a b Tejel, Jordi (29 August 2008). Syria's Kurds: History, Politics and Society. Routledge. p. 126. ISBN 978-1134096435.
  3. ^ a b "Riad Darar Released". Syrian Human Rights Committee. 11 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Wissam Sara Unites Syrians in Mourning". Syria Untold. 4 February 2014.
  5. ^ a b Abdullah Ghadawi (5 March 2017). "Co-leader of Syrian Democratic Council says federalism is adequate choice: INTERVIEW". Zaman al-Wasl.