Senior Adjunct Fellow
Dr. Kamal al-Labwani, Syrian doctor and politician, was born in Damascus in 1957, and is presently a citizen of Sweden. Since 1975, when the National Democratic Gathering, the Damascus Spring, and the Damascus Declaration all took place, he has taken part in the majority of actions of the Syrian democratic oppositions, according to a decision made by the Supreme State Security Court in Damascus, he was sentenced to three years in solitary confinement for his involvement in the Damascus Spring. In 2005, he made an attempt to create a liberal democratic coalition, but was unsuccessful. He then went to Europe, where he visited the European Parliament, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. In 2005, he went to America to attempt and gain support for Syria’s democratic reform process and conveyed a caution against the country turning into a civil war.
He went to the White House and urged them to back the Syrian people’s desire for democratic change. He was detained at the airport upon his return to Damascus, convicted for civil offenses and given a 12-year sentence; he was later found guilty of military offenses and given a 3-year term, which he served for six years before the revolution evicted him at the end of 2011. Since his release, he has taken part in the revolution and continues to be a part of the coalition and National Council. Since the revolution’s inception, he has been publishing weekly articles. He has written a number of publications in Arabic about Syria, the regime, terrorism and peace. He made several trips to Israel and took part in the Herzliya Conference on Combating Terrorism. He also conducted ongoing research on the Middle East’s changing conditions, served as an expert advisor at several research centers in Jerusalem, Sweden, and the European Union, and presented a daily educational program for the revolution’s youth on YouTube for three years.