Interview with Fadwa Mahmoud

Does it make sense to work on a new Syrian constitution while thousands of people are subject to severe human rights abuses and unlawfully detained in Syrian prisons? What are the flaws of the Constitutional Committee? Is it still too early for the opposition to have direct talks with the regime? The Syrian Constitutional Committee has been subject to constant criticism, especially from those that are fighting for the end of detainment and torture in Syria like the human rights activist Fadwa Mahmoud. Despite being a member of the Constitutional Committee, she expresses ambiguity towards the process, arguing that the desperate humanitarian situation in the country should be prioritized. In this interview, we asked the head of Families for Freedom to share her perspective on the UN-brokered talks in Geneva.