Protecting Religious Minorities in Syria & Iraq
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and the Senate Human Rights Caucus for a joint briefing on protecting religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.
Many actors involved in the armed conflict in Iraq and Syria continue to commit systematic human rights violations in the region, up to and including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. ISIS in particular bears responsibility for committing gross human rights violations throughout Iraq and Syria targeting women, moderate Sunni Muslims, Shi’a Muslims, Yazidis, and Christians. The U.S. government has an important role to play in supporting efforts to protect religious minorities in Iraq, Syria, and across the Middle East. Speakers will discuss the atrocities committed against religious minorities in Syria and Iraq and policy options that would help protect religious minorities and prevent future violations.
Co-Chairs Senator Chris Coons and Senator Mark Kirk
Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
Knox Thames, Special Advisor for Religious Minorities in the Near East and South/Central Asia, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, State Department
Cameron Hudson, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
William Inboden, Associate Scholar, Religious Freedom Project, Georgetown Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs