Premier of Music Video for ‘Man of Peace’ From Award-Winning Documentary ‘Little Gandhi’

Premier of Music Video for ‘Man of Peace’ From Award-Winning Documentary ‘Little Gandhi’

WASHINGTON D.C., June 20, 2019 – The Syrian American Council has proudly sponsored U.S. screenings of the award-winning documentary and Syria's first official entry into the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, “Little Gandhi.” These powerful screening and panel discussion events helped spread the inspirational and heart-wrenching story of Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar.

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Mr. Cuccinelli: America Remains the Safest Harbor for Women, Men and Children Fleeing Violence and Repression in Syria

Mr. Cuccinelli: America Remains the Safest Harbor for Women, Men and Children Fleeing Violence and Repression in Syria

Coalition Urges New USCIS Acting Director to Extend Protected Status for Syrians

WASHINGTON D.C., June 19, 2019 – Today, a coalition of Syrian American community groups and humanitarian NGOs welcomed former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as acting head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and urged him to redesignate and extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Syrians who face unprecedented levels of violence and oppression at home.

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Syrian American Council Applauds Sanctions on Assad

Syrian American Council Applauds Sanctions on Assad

WASHINGTON D.C., June 13, 2019 – The Syrian American Council applauds the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s decision Tuesday to designate 16 individuals and entities linked to Bashar al-Assad's brutal dictatorship. These new sanctions targeted powerful Syrian businessman Samir Foz, a member of Assad's inner circle who is also a key component in the Assad regime's ongoing sanctions evasion. While such sanctions alone are not sufficient to deter Assad’s crimes, Tuesday's decision is a promising first step toward addressing what President Trump rightly called the “butchery” of civilians in Idlib by the Assad regime.

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Syrian American Council Offers Appreciation to Syria Caucus for Letter to Trump

Syrian American Council Offers Appreciation to Syria Caucus for Letter to Trump

The Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus urges Trump to take action on Idlib amidst escalating attacks

WASHINGTON D.C., May 22, 2019–The Syrian American Council express its gratitude to Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), Rep. Adam D. Kinzinger (R-IL), and the 31 other members of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus who called last week for the Trump administration to take action to halt the bloodshed in northwest Syria. The Syrian American Council echoes their call for the administration to help reinstate the ceasefire in northwest Syria, and stresses the urgency of this effort.

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Hundreds Dead and Thousands Displaced in Idlib as Peace Talks Fail

 

Hundreds Dead and Thousands Displaced in Idlib as Peace Talks Fail

Syrian American organizations turn to the international community to stop the slaughter as attacks intensify


WASHINGTON D.C.,
May 6, 2019 – Syrian American organizations implore the United States government and the international community to stop the slaughter of civilians in Idlib by the Russian and Assad regime forces. Since Wednesday, there has been a surge in air strikes, barrel bomb attacks, and bombings of civilian neighborhoods, including hospitals and schools in Idlib and Hama provinces, resulting in hundreds of civilians killed and tens of thousands displaced.

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Syrian American Council Denounces UN Move to Damascus

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Syrian American Council Denounces UN Move to Damascus

Consolidation of Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs would give Assad regime control of aid distribution

WASHINGTON D.C., May 3, 2019 – The Syrian American Council condemns the impending move of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to Damascus. Though no official announcement has been made, available information indicates that the Jordan OCHA headquarters will be consolidated with Damascus, with procedures starting to make the move official.

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Syrian American Council Applauds IRGC Terror Designation, Calls for Equivalent Terror Designations on Assad Regime

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Syrian American Council Applauds IRGC Terror Designation,
Calls for Equivalent Terror Designations on Assad Regime

WASHINGTON D.C., April 10, 2019–The Syrian American Council applauds President Trump's announcement Monday designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and calls on the administration to similarly consider terror designations for the Assad regime.

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Syrian American Council Condemns Regime Escalation in Idlib

WASHINGTON D.C., March 13, 2019Last night, the Assad regime rained internationally banned white phosphorous weapons on the town of Tamane'a in Idlib, even as Russian warplanes were conducting air raids on other populated areas. This escalation comes after a string of Assad regime and Russian attacks on medical facilities, including an Assad regime artillery attack that killed a White Helmets rescue worker in Morek; regime artillery on a blood bank, hospital, and Civil Defense center in Saraqib; and a Russian “double tap” airstrike outside Jisr al-Shughur that deliberately targeted rescue workers and left one of them dead.

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Syrian American Council Calls for Response to Regime Crimes in Idlib

WASHINGTON D.C., February 22, 2019TheSyrian American Councilcalls upon the United States government and the international community to act quickly in response to continued regime war crimes in Idlib Province. Although a ceasefire for Idlib with a demilitarized buffer zone was agreed upon by Russia and Turkey five months ago, the Assad regime is increasing its attacks on Idlib, killing more than 30 civilians and leaving nearly 80 wounded in the past two weeks of shelling.

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Syrian American Council Salutes Court Ruling on Murdered Journalist

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Syrian American Council Salutes Court Ruling on Murdered Journalist

 

Ruling in favor of Marie Colvin’s family may inspire additional U.S. cases against the Assad regime

 

WASHINGTON D.C., February 1, 2019 The Syrian American Council applauds Thursday’s decision by the Washington, D.C. District Court to enter a judgement against the Syrian government for the extrajudicial killing of American journalist Marie Colvin. This decision, filed under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act targeting state sponsors of terrorism, will require the regime to pay over $300 million in damages. It marks the first instance in which a U.S. domestic court has held the Assad regime responsible for its war crimes.

 

“The ruling is a victory for those demanding accountability, not simply for the Assad regime’s crimes against humanity, but in so many cases, crimes against family members and loved ones,” said Suzanne Meriden, executive director of the Syrian American Council. “We hope that this judgement will inspire additional victims of Assad's crimes to speak out.”

 

Colvin was deliberately assassinated by regime troops in February 2012 while covering the Assad regime's brutal siege on the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs – a dark turning point in which the regime used artillery on populated areas for the first time.

 

The Syrian American Council salutes the Colvin family for pressing through a personal tragedy to seek justice and is grateful for the efforts of their legal team to bring the case to completion. We invite all Syrian-Americans directly victimized by the regime to reach out so that we can help them forward their cases to the appropriate parties.



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