The Arab Revolutionary Workers’ Party is a leftist nationalist party; it is active in the National Democratic Rally and retains a formal presence in the Damascus Declaration. The party calls for secular democracy, freedom, social justice, and Arab unity.

Major Figures

Abdul Hafiz Hafiz: secretary-general
Tariq Abu al-Hassan: chairman
Hazem Nahar: founding member of the Syrian Democratic Platform


Founded in 1966 by Yasin al-Hafiz, the Arab Revolutionary Workers’ Party is a small Baathist splinter group influenced by Marxist ideology and has been an active member of the National Democratic Rally since 1980. In June 2011 it participated in the founding of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, but left it soon thereafter. Though part of the Damascus Declaration of 2005, it declined to follow other signatories who joined the Syrian National Council in October 2011. Party activist Hazem Nahar was a leading member of the National Coordination Body and is now involved with the Syrian Democratic Platform that was established in February 2012.


Policy Toward the Crisis

  • Rejects external military intervention
  • Supports the Annan peace plan

Political Objectives

  • A secular democratic government
  • Free elections
  • Separation of powers
  • Equality between citizens
  • Freedom of assembly and speech
  • Arab unity