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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights in Syria

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 10:00am
340 Cannon


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

In March 2011, the Arab Spring arrived in Syria, putting President Bashar al-Assad on the defensive for the first time in his 11-year presidency. In order to suppress the demonstrations, the government responded brutally. In addition to at least 1,500 arbitrary and unlawful killings, Syrian security forces have enforced politically motivated disappearances as well as tortured and physically abused prisoners and detainees. Furthermore, the recent protests have set off a mass exodus of Syrian people seeking refuge in Turkey. This hearing will examine the numerous, systemic, and grave human rights abuses by the Syrian government. In addition, the Commission will focus on the serious refugee crisis.

If you have any questions, please contact Jann Futterman (Rep. McGovern) or Kalinda Stephenson (Rep. Wolf) at 202-225-3599, or send an email to

Hosted by:

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


Panel I

  • Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State

Panel II

  • Andrew Tabler, The Washington Institute, Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy
  • Mona Yacoubian, U.S. Institute of Peace, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention
  • Mara Karlin, Instructor in Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies
  • Radwan Ziadeh, visiting scholar, Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University 

Rep. James P. McGovern, Opening Remarks: Human Rights in Syria

Panel I

Asst. Secretary Michael Posner, Human Rights in Syria 

Panel II

Mona Yacoubian, Human Rights in Syria 
Mara Karlin, Human Rights in Syria 

Submitted for the Record

Louay Safi, Human Rights in Syria




112th Congress