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Register now for tomorrow's virtual town hall with the Co-Chairs of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria C...
01/10/2021

Register now for tomorrow's virtual town hall with the Co-Chairs of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus, Representatives Brendan Boyle and Adam Kinzinger, moderated by esteemed journalist S.E. Cupp!

Join Reps. Boyle and Kinzinger for a discussion of the direction of U.S.-Syria policy in 2021 and beyond.

The town hall will begin at 6:00PM EST. Please register in advance using the link below. We look forward to seeing you there!

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AIQIDH91RTutf_Xlpz-9lA?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=ea28500b-74da-4ae1-b83f-889a433f53b1&recurring=yes

Syrian American Council
01/09/2021

Syrian American Council

Join the Syrian American Council and Americans for a Free Syria for our first Town Hall of our 2021 Town Hall series, this Monday at 6 p.m. EST.

Renowned journalist S.E. Cupp will moderate a conversation with Congressman Brendan Boyle and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, the Co-Chairs of the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus, to discuss what to anticipate on Syria in the new Congress and more.

Please register in advance for this webinar:
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A Coalition of Syrian American Organizations Decry the Inappropriate Use of “Restorative Justice” by United Nations Syri...
12/25/2020
A Coalition of Syrian American Organizations Decry the Inappropriate Use of “Restorative Justice” by United Nations Syria Envoy

A Coalition of Syrian American Organizations Decry the Inappropriate Use of “Restorative Justice” by United Nations Syria Envoy

On the anniversary of the passage of the United Nations Security Resolution 2254, a coalition of Syrian American organizations call on the United Nations to pursue accountability for all those responsible for atrocities while following the steps outlined in the resolution that will lead to a peacefu...

12/10/2020
#HumanRightsDay

Today and everyday, we must continue to advocate for the Syrian people’s right to fundamental freedoms, democracy, accountability, and rule of law.

AFS promises to continue to be the voice of Syrians that have been victim of the Assad regime and its cronies human rights abuses for the last 9 years and beyond.

#StandUp4HumanRights #HumanRightsDay #HumanRightsDay2020

11/17/2020
Syrian American Council

Missed yesterday's conference? You can watch the recording of the SAC & AFS National Conference featuring Deputy Assistant Secretary Joel Rayburn! Amongst many other topics, our incredible panelists discussed U.S. policy towards Syria post-election.

Watch the 2020 National Conference with Americans for a Free Syria for an important update on United States policy in Syria post-election. Deputy Assistant Secretary Joel Rayburn and experts on Syria joined and discussed the latest developments on the ground and in Washington.

Thank you to all our incredible panelists for joining the AFS & SAC National Conference yesterday, we look forward to mo...
11/16/2020

Thank you to all our incredible panelists for joining the AFS & SAC National Conference yesterday, we look forward to more effective conversations on the future of Syria.

Special thank you to Deputy Assistant Secretary Joel Rayburn for the discussion on U.S. policy towards Syria post-election. Stay tuned for future events!

1 day away! Join the teams at Americans for a Free Syria and Syrian American Council TOMORROW for a virtual National Con...
11/14/2020

1 day away! Join the teams at Americans for a Free Syria and Syrian American Council TOMORROW for a virtual National Conference from 1:00-4:00 pm EST. We will be joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary Joel Rayburn to discuss U.S. policy in Syria post-election. Other sessions will include a variety of foreign policy experts and analysts.

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4v3AN142SXmUZwIf1kvH0w

For the last nine years, Syrians have been dying in hopes of democracy and the right to express their political beliefs....
11/03/2020

For the last nine years, Syrians have been dying in hopes of democracy and the right to express their political beliefs. This election day, it is important we honor that right and cast a ballot with our conscience. We urge you to utilize your power as citizens and VOTE.

And as always, it is important to be aware of your rights today:

- If the polls close while you're still in line, stay in line.
- If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
- If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
- If you run into any problems or have any questions, call the Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683. For the Election Protection Hotline in Arabic, call: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287.
- To find your polling place and their hours of operation: visit www.vote.org

As always, stay healthy and safe.

-- Your friends at AFS

SAVE THE DATE for this years national convention (virtual) on November 14 & 15 held in conjunction with Syrian American ...
10/23/2020

SAVE THE DATE for this years national convention (virtual) on November 14 & 15 held in conjunction with Syrian American Council!

Further details coming soon.

10/07/2020
The State of Caesar: Syria Issue Update - October 7th, 2020

Wondering how far the U.S. has come in implementing and enforcing the #Caesar Act to hold Bashar al-Assad and his supporters accountable for their crimes?

AFS' Thomas Georges breaks down the implementation of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act since June in the first of a new bi-monthly video series: The Syria Issue Update

Watch Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaT-AedFakE

Americans for a Free Syria's Thomas Georges breaks down the current status of the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act. The Trump Administration’s implementa...

The Departments of Treasury and State today announced the latest round of sanctions against the Assad regime and its sup...
09/30/2020
Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of Assad’s Attack Against the People of Armanaz, Syria - United States Department of State

The Departments of Treasury and State today announced the latest round of sanctions against the Assad regime and its supporters, targeting 19 new individuals and entities.

"The Administration’s designations of senior Government of Syria officials, military commanders, and corrupt business leaders will not cease until the Assad regime and its enablers take irreversible steps to end their campaign of violence against the Syrian people... There is a clear path forward. The Syrian people have suffered enough. Now is the time for a peaceful political resolution of the Syrian conflict as called for in UNSCR 2254."

Read the full statement below:

Three years ago yesterday, on September 29, 2017, Assad regime forces, backed by Russia, killed at least 34 Syrians in the town of Armanaz. Since then, thousands of Bashar al-Assad’s bombs have been dropped on schools, hospitals, and markets across Syria.  Too many lives have been lost in Assa...

Today, the Departments of State and Treasury announced a new tranche of sanctions under the auspices of the Caesar Act a...
07/29/2020
Syria Sanctions Designations - United States Department of State

Today, the Departments of State and Treasury announced a new tranche of sanctions under the auspices of the Caesar Act and other authorizations against the Assad regime and its supporters, targeting 14 entities and individuals.

Per the statement: "We have named today’s tranche of designations the Hama and Maarat Al-Numan sanctions. These names are meant to memorialize the victims of two of the Assad regime’s most notorious atrocities, both of which occurred in this week in 2011 and 2019. Nine years ago, Bashar al-Assad’s troops carried out a brutal siege of the city of Hama, killing scores of peaceful protesters in a shocking sign of what was to come. One year ago, the Assad regime and its allies bombed a busy marketplace in Maarat Al-Numan, killing 42 innocent Syrians."

Today, the State Department and Treasury Department continued the United States’ sanctions campaign against the Assad regime by releasing 14 new designations under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act and other authorities. This campaign began last month with the first round of Caesa...

Russia plays political games with humanitarian aid while civilians they helped displace face starvation and COVID in Idl...
07/08/2020
Russia, China veto U.N. approval of aid deliveries to Syria from Turkey

Russia plays political games with humanitarian aid while civilians they helped displace face starvation and COVID in Idlib.

The international community must ensure the uninterrupted flow of aid to areas outside of regime control.

Russia and China cast vetoes on Tuesday to block the U.N. Security Council from extending its approval of aid deliveries to Syria from Turkey for a year, despite U.N. warnings that the lives of Syrian civilians depend on the cross-border access.

Yesterday Russia withdrew from an information-sharing program designed to protect civilian infrastructure from airstrike...
06/26/2020
Russia Quits U.N. System Aimed at Protecting Hospitals, Aid in Syria

Yesterday Russia withdrew from an information-sharing program designed to protect civilian infrastructure from airstrikes and shelling. Moscow has long been accused of deliberately targeting sites on the deconfliction list, including hospitals, schools and markets.

"If Russia thinks this will help them escape accountability for war crimes, they're dead wrong," said Louis Charbonneau, U.N. director for Human Rights Watch. "We and other groups will continue to investigate and document the deliberate bombings of hospitals and other grave crimes in Syria."

Russia said on Thursday it has quit a voluntary United Nations arrangement that aimed to protect hospitals and humanitarian aid deliveries in Syria from being hit by the warring parties.

Under the auspices of the Caesar Act, as well as existing executive orders, the Departments of State and Treasury announ...
06/17/2020
Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Treasury and State Sanctions on the Assad Regime | The White House

Under the auspices of the Caesar Act, as well as existing executive orders, the Departments of State and Treasury announce new sanctions on 39 individuals and entities ranging from the Assad family, to those financing the regime's war crimes and would be war-profiteers.

The State Department refers to today's designations as "the beginning of what will be a sustained campaign of economic and political pressure to deny the Assad regime revenue and support it uses to wage war and commit mass atrocities against the Syrian people."

Today, at President Donald J. Trump’s direction, the Department of the Treasury and Department of State announced important sanctions designations on indiv

With the first round of implementation of the Caesar Act expected tomorrow, a must-read from Charles Lister: “Assad may ...
06/16/2020
Is Assad About to Fall?

With the first round of implementation of the Caesar Act expected tomorrow, a must-read from Charles Lister:
“Assad may have crushed the opposition to his dictatorial rule in 60 percent of the country, but in 2020, every single root cause of the 2011 uprising is not just still in place, but has worsened… In holding on to power, Assad has effectively—and purposely—destroyed his own nation and economy.

While the world wasn’t watching, Syria has edged toward collapse, and the dictator is in his weakest position ever. The U.S. now has a narrow chance to prevent a catastrophe.

Thank you Chairmen Risch and Engel and Ranking Members McCaul and Menendez for your statement of strong support for the ...
06/11/2020
Risch, Menendez, Engel, McCaul Statement on Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act | United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Thank you Chairmen Risch and Engel and Ranking Members McCaul and Menendez for your statement of strong support for the upcoming implementation of the #Caesar Act.

From the statement: “The Syrian people have suffered too much and for too long under Assad and his backers. The administration must engage in vigorous, sustained enforcement of the Caesar Act in order to send a message to the regime and its enablers that Assad remains a pariah. He will never regain standing as a legitimate leader. The regime and its sponsors must stop the slaughter of innocent people and provide the Syrian people a path toward reconciliation, stability and freedom.”

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

*REMINDER*Last call to register for this Sunday's community briefing on the current state of US Syria policy with Specia...
06/05/2020

*REMINDER*

Last call to register for this Sunday's community briefing on the current state of US Syria policy with Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey

The briefing begins at 1pm Eastern. We hope to see you there.

RSVP Here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H8Pw7dDFQbaH7ZiknNoK8A

2014 - 2020The Syrian revolution standing in solidarity with U.S. protests against police brutality, then and now.From #...
06/04/2020

2014 - 2020

The Syrian revolution standing in solidarity with U.S. protests against police brutality, then and now.

From #Syria to here at home, we must stand with all those who raise their voices against injustice and oppression.

#BlackLivesMatter

*UPCOMING*Please join us Sunday, June 7th, 2020 at 1 p.m. Eastern for an exclusive community briefing on the current sta...
06/02/2020

*UPCOMING*

Please join us Sunday, June 7th, 2020 at 1 p.m. Eastern for an exclusive community briefing on the current state of US Syria policy with Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey.

Open to members of the Syrian-American community and to all advocates and allies for a Free Syria.

RSVP Here:
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"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Today, Syrians saw a sm...
04/23/2020
German court case is first to try Syrian regime for war crimes

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today, Syrians saw a small sliver of justice, as Anwar Raslan, responsible for the rape and torture of thousands of Syrian political prisoners, stands trial in Germany.

We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that all of the regime's war criminals, including Assad himself, are held accountable.

Anwar Raslan and Eyad al-Gharib were charged under the principle of universal jurisdiction.

04/10/2020

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"Syria has become the world’s political intensive care unit, as ever as deadly as any plague—while the world has perfect...
04/08/2020
Only America And Turkey Can Save Syria's People From Coronavirus

"Syria has become the world’s political intensive care unit, as ever as deadly as any plague—while the world has perfected the art of international silence."

The spread of this pandemic, on-the-ground medical observers predict, could make what is going on in China or Europe look modest in comparison with what might well happen in Syria.

"Syrians are acutely vulnerable to COVID-19. Healthcare facilities have been destroyed or are degraded," Geir Pedersen s...
03/25/2020
UN calls for Syria ceasefire to tackle virus threat

"Syrians are acutely vulnerable to COVID-19. Healthcare facilities have been destroyed or are degraded," Geir Pedersen said. "There is a shortage of key medical equipment and health professionals."

The United Nations top envoy for Syria on Tuesday called for a nationwide ceasefire to allow for a better response to the threat of the novel coronavirus. The government in Damascus has so far only reported one case of COVID-19 but fears are high that the virus could spread rapidly among the war-bat...

The Syria Civil Defence - The White Helmets told Al-Monitor there are 264 female volunteers in 33 centers in Idlib provi...
03/24/2020
Meet Syria’s female doctors

The Syria Civil Defence - The White Helmets told Al-Monitor there are 264 female volunteers in 33 centers in Idlib province alone who are working to provide the families of the area with medical relief, psychological support and awareness services.

Syrian women stepped up and took on medical work to fill the void left by men in the health care sector in northern Syria.

The assertion that the virus is not present in Syria has been met with skepticism, particularly given that all of Syria'...
03/19/2020
Syria Has Zero Coronavirus Cases. That's Not a Good Thing.

The assertion that the virus is not present in Syria has been met with skepticism, particularly given that all of Syria's neighbors have reported cases and given the close relationship between the Syrian government and neighboring Iran...

Nine years of conflict has damaged the country's health care system, making reliable information difficult to obtain.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
03/12/2020
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

"In the face of risks of mass slaughter, as the crisis enters its 10th year, we must not grow complacent and accept crimes against humanity and war crimes as something unstoppable or normal in #Syria. Over 500,000 have been killed and 12 million displaced.

"When you give us more money, what you are telling us is you will not stop the atrocities and that instead we must purch...
03/12/2020
In powerful testimony, Syrian defector warns US that Assad will kill more

"When you give us more money, what you are telling us is you will not stop the atrocities and that instead we must purchase more ambulances to transport more injured civilians, order new cranes to lift collapsed concrete crushing entire families, and buy more protective clothing to deal with chemical attacks," said Raed Saleh, director of the White Helmets, the volunteer emergency rescue force.

Despite a ceasefire, Syrian activists warn that violence in Syria is far from over and that Bashar al Assad still believes he can reconquer the country by force.

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