Many are referring to Syria’s escalating crisis as genocide. The brutal Assad regime has targeted and displaced children and, as recently as Thanksgiving weekend, 10 children were killed by shelling on a playground in Damascus. Women and religious and ethnic minorities have greatly suffered during the government’s crackdown against its citizens. The Syrian refugee crisis becomes more desperate by the day.
The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the International Religious Freedom Caucus’ briefing on the human rights situation in Syria, will further explore strategies for holding the regime accountable for gross violations of human rights, war crimes, and crimes against humanity and for preventing abuses by the Free Syrian Army and affiliated armed groups. It will also discuss recommendations to ensure human rights, rule of law, and protection of religious minorities in the post-Assad regime.
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. 311 Cannon House Office Building
Steve Heydemann, Senior Advisor for Middle East Initiatives, US Institute of Peace
Sharon Waxman, Vice President, International Rescue Committee
Rafif Jouejati, English Language Spokesperson, Local Coordination Committees in Syria
If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Hammond at Stephanie.Hammond@mail.house.gov or 202.225.4576.