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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights Challenges Facing Syrian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 10:00am
340 Cannon House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the dire human rights situation facing Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Since the beginning of 2013, there has been a staggering increase in the numbers of refugees fleeing Syria—one million of the total 1.6 million Syrian refugees in the region fled in the first six months of 2013. This mass outflow of people and major internal displacement has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis.

This briefing will highlight the persecution of minorities among the refugees, the enormous strain on host communities and local services in the region, the growing rate of gender based violence and the humanitarian response. We will also hear about the human rights crisis inside Syria and the challenges facing internally displaced Syrians struggling to reach safety and cross borders.

The panelists were part of a delegation that recently returned from a trip to Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt. Meetings with camp and urban refugees, host community residents and officials, as well as aid organizations active in the region, gave them a unique perspective on current human rights and humanitarian challenges facing Syrian refugees and IDPs.

If you have any questions, please contact Katya Migacheva in Rep. McGovern's office at or 202-225-3599, or Kalinda Stephenson in Rep. Wolf's office at or 202-225-5136.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


  • Jana Mason, Senior Advisor for Government Relations and External Affairs, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Beth Ferris, Senior Foreign Policy Fellow and co-director of the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, The Brookings Institution
  • Tiffany Lynch, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Sahar Chaudry, Policy Analyst, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
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