Syrian American Community Welcomes Implementation of Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act as First Step to Accountability and Justice in Syria

Syrian American Community Welcomes Implementation of Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act as First Step to Accountability and Justice in Syria

WASHINGTON D.C., June 18, 2020 – Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury began its implementation of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, designating nine entities and individuals with financial connections to the Assad regime for sanctions under the auspices of the Caesar Law. The U.S. Department of State and Department of the Treasury also took this opportunity to announce targeted sanctions against an additional 30 entities, including Bashar al-Assad and many members of his inner circle, under the authority of existing executive orders. 

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Syrian American Council and Americans for a Free Syria Host Virtual Town Hall with Ambassador James Jeffrey and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rayburn

Syrian American Council and Americans for a Free Syria Host Virtual Town Hall with Ambassador James Jeffrey and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rayburn 

WASHINGTON D.C., June 12, 2020– On Sunday, June 7, the Syrian American Council and Americans for a Free Syria hosted a webinar for the Syrian American community with U.S. Special Representative for Syria Engagement and the Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, Ambassador James Jeffrey and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Levant Affairs and U.S. Special Envoy for Syria, Joel Rayburn. The panel provided the community an opportunity to engage senior officials on U.S. policy in Syria.

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Syrian American Council Stands with Black Community

Syrian American Council Stands with Black Community

WASHINGTON D.C., June 3, 2020 – The Syrian American Council stands in solidarity with the Black community. We share the outrage over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, among countless other innocent men, women and children killed by law enforcement and vigilantes, and we join in the call for justice.

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Daraa, Syria at Risk for Large Scale Attack by Regime Forces

Daraa, Syria at Risk for Large Scale Attack by Regime Forces

The Assad regime and its backers gather in the countryside as the citizens of Daraa are once again rising up, continuing their fight for freedom and justice


WASHINGTON D.C., May 22, 2020 – The residents of Daraa, a city in southwestern Syria, have taken to the streets peacefully, once again standing up in demanding basic freedoms, and have been met with violent force from the Syrian regime and Iranian militias, who are poised for a full-scale attack. The members of the Syrian American Council call on the U.S. government and nations who support a free and democratic Syria to demand a stop to the lethal acts of violence by the Assad regime and its backers.

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Syrian Americans Call on Drafters of Letter to Vice President Biden to Include Voices of Affected Communities

Syrian Americans Call on Drafters of Letter to Vice President Biden to Include Voices of Affected Communities

Some of the policies promoted would see the U.S. engage with brutal regimes and abandon their civilian populations 

WASHINGTON D.C., May 15, 2020Syrian American organizations are calling on the drafters of a letter to Vice President Joe Biden regarding U.S. foreign policy to include the voices of affected communities. A letter being circulated by Demand Progress and supported by 50 organizations is calling on the presumptive Democratic nominee for president to adopt a less confrontational foreign policy agenda should he win in November.

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Deadly Terrorist Bombing in Afrin, Syria Highlights Local Corruption and Instability

Deadly Terrorist Bombing in Afrin, Syria Highlights Local Corruption and Instability 

Syrian American Council calls for immediate reforms among opposition factions in northeast Syria  

WASHINGTON D.C., May 2, 2020 – On Tuesday, April 28, nearly 50 civilians were killed in a terrorist attack in the city of Afrin, Syria. A truck bomb targeted a market area full of families buying food to break their Ramadan fast. Nearly a dozen children were among the victims. 

Every attack against civilians in Syria is an intolerable crime, but this incident – coming at a moment of collective global crisis – stands out for its cruelty and callousness. The Syrian American Council strongly condemns those responsible for this horrific act of terrorism and expresses sympathy for the families impacted by this violence. 

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Syrian American Council To Participate In Together We Remember Global Virtual Vigil

Syrian American Council To Participate In Together We Remember Global Virtual Vigil

On April 30, executive director, Suzanne Meriden will join a coalition of leading genocide education and human rights organizations in a 24-hour virtual vigil to conclude Genocide Awareness Month

 

 

WASHINGTON D.C., April 29, 2020On Thursday, April 30, from 10-11 a.m. EST, Syrian American Council executive director, Suzanne Meriden will join an esteemed panel of activists and frontline workers in a discussion on “Working for peace, justice, and healing in Syria” as part of a 24-hour Global Virtual Vigil, hosted by Together We Remember. The panel will be moderated by journalist and author Sam Dagher, and additional panelists will include Abdulrahman Almawwas of the White Helmets and Ahed Festuk of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees.

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The Syrian American Council Cautions Aid Organizations Against the Weaponization of Aid by the Syrian Regime

The Syrian American Council Cautions Aid Organizations Against the Weaponization of Aid by the Syrian Regime

In light of COVID-19, World Health Organization and others must confront Assad’s exploitation of aid organizations 

WASHINGTON D.C., April 13, 2020 – The Syrian American Council advises careful decision making by policymakers and aid organizations in the face of calls by members of the United Nations to lift economic sanctions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nine years of war in Syria have revealed that the Syrian regime has used aid as a weapon of war while killing its own people, and will continue to do so, while deceiving aid organizations. 

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As COVID-19 Cases Rise, Syrian Detainees at Inimitable Risk

As COVID-19 Cases Rise, Syrian Detainees at Inimitable Risk

Syrian American Council calls for release of all detainees in Assad’s prisons to avert extensive spread of disease

WASHINGTON D.C., March 24, 2020 – As governments around the world work to contain and manage the COVID-19 pandemic amid mounting death tolls and depleted testing and protective equipment, more than 100,000 political prisoners in Syria are at risk of contracting and spreading the virus. The Syrian American Council calls on the U.S. government, international community, and United Nations to demand all detainees are released, in accordance with section 12 of U.N. Resolution 2254.

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March 11-12 Events Postponed Due to COVID-19

March 11-12 Events Postponed Due to COVID-19

WASHINGTON D.C., March 9, 2020 – In light of the recent developments and public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Syrian American Council its partners have decided to postpone the commemoration events for the ninth anniversary of the Syrian revolution, originally scheduled for March 11-12.

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