The Arab Revolutionary Workers' Party

  • Nameحزب العمال الثوري العربي‎ Hizb Al-'Amal Al-Thawriy Al-'Arabi (Arabic), The Arab Revolutionary Workers' Party (English)
  • Year founded: 1966, by Yasin al-Hafiz
  • Ideology: Leftist, Marxist
  • Current leader & function: Abdul Hafiz Hafiz, secretary-general. Tariq Abu al-Hassan, chairman 
  • Number of seats in parliament: None
  • Currently in government or in opposition: In opposition
  • Legal status: Illegal political party
  • Link to official party website: None available
  • Observations: The ARWP is one of Syria's older opposition parties, originally a Marxist splinter-group from the Syrian Ba'ath Party. Since the early 80's it has been an active member of the National Democratic Rally,  and was part of the Damascus Declaration of 2005. The party participated in the founding of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in 2011, but left soon after. It is now part of the Syrian Democratic Platform that was established in February 2012. Due to its long-time status as a member of an illegal opposition alliance, the party has never had parliamentary representation. Its positions on the war include: opposition to armed conflict, opposition to international intervention.