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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 House Office Building


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, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


Panel I

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

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
    Written testimony
  • Mara Karlin, Instructor in Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies
    Written testimony
  • Radwan Ziadeh, visiting scholar, Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard University 
  • Statement from Louay Safi, Syrian American Council




112th Congress