SAC Welcomes Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Statement Condemning Syrian Government Violence

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The Syrian American Council (SAC) welcomed a statement made by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Monday condemning the Syrian government’s continued human rights violations and urging international action to stop them. The statement was issued by Reps. James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Frank R. Wolf (R-VA), who are co-chairs of the bipartisan House commission.

The international community has the responsibility to condemn the Assad regime’s barbaric behavior and the United Nation Security Council should act now to stop this atrocity.

The Syrian American Council (SAC) welcomed a statement made by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Monday condemning the Syrian government’s continued human rights violations and urging international action to stop them. The statement was issued by Reps. James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Frank R. Wolf (R-VA), who are co-chairs of the bipartisan House commission.

Read: Co-Chairs McGovern and Wolf Condemn Syrian Government, Urge International Community Action http://tlhrc.house.gov/docs/statements/20111017_Press%20Release-Syria_1030_FINAL.pdf

In the past seven months, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have reported that the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has committed various human rights abuses and violations against peaceful demonstrators including torturing and killing children, women, elderly people, and unarmed protesters both men and women. According to the latest United Nation report, more than 3,000 people have been killed by the Syrian regime, more than 15,000 forced to become refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, and more than 50,000 arrested.
In a statement, SAC President Talal Sunbulli said:

“We would like to thank Congressmen McGovern and Wolf for their statement condemning the Syrian regime’s continued violations of human rights and supporting the Syrian people in their quest for universal rights.

“We urge the Obama administration to take additional steps to stop the Syrian regime’s brutality against peaceful demonstrators demanding democracy, dignity and freedom. The international community has the responsibility to condemn the Assad regime’s barbaric behavior and the United Nation Security Council should act now to stop this atrocity. We hope the Obama administration can pressure Russia and China to stop their support to the Syrian regime immediately.”

The Syrian American Council (SAC) was founded in 2005 to mobilize Syrian Americans to strengthen civil society in Syria, to promote friendly relations between the Syrian and American peoples, to engage civic and governmental organizations to advance civil liberties, human dignity and democracy in Syria. The organization has represented Syrian Americans to the U.S. State Department, Congress, and in international meetings and councils.

Contact: SAC PR Chair Hussam Ayloush, hayloush(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (951) 444-8344;
or SAC Board Member Khalid Saleh, ksaleh(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (832) 423-0607.

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