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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Human Rights Crisis in Syria

Date: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 9:30am
Location: 
Rayburn HOB B-318

Announcement

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a hearing on the human rights crisis in Syria.

Since March 2011, growing numbers of anti-government protests in Syria have been met with a brutal crackdown by the Syrian government, including widespread killings, torture, and indiscriminate shelling of cities. More than 8,000 people have been killed, and over 200,000 people have been displaced. The Syrian government is even using landmines as a deadly tactic to prevent civilians from escaping.

This hearing will examine the systemic and grave human rights abuses by the Syrian government, and the impact of those abuses on the Syrian people.

If you have any questions, please contact the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at 202-225-3599 or tlhrc@mail.house.gov.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, Member of Congress and Co-Chair, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, Member of Congress and Co-Chair, TLHRC

Witnesses

Panel I

  • Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria

Panel II

  • Maria McFarland, Deputy Washington Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA
  • Andrew Tabler, Next Generation Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • Radwan Ziadeh, Visiting Scholar, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

PART ONE

PART TWO: TESTIMONY OF AMBASSADOR FORD

PART THREE: QUESTIONING OF AMBASSADOR FORD

PART FOUR: PANEL II TESTIMONY

PART FIVE: PANEL II TESTIMONY CONTINUED

PART SIX: PANEL II QUESTIONING

112th Congress