Who Owns the Syrian Revolution? UFS Co-Sponsors USIP Women and Minority Rights Panel

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United for a Free Syria ( UFS) is co-sponsoring a discussion on minority rights and the Syrian revolution at the U.S. Institute of Peace on March 9, 2012. Two moderated discussion panels, featuring members of the Syrian National Council (SNC) and prominent Syrian American activists, will examine “Women and the Future of the Syrian Revolution” and “The Roles and Challenges of Minorities in Syria’s Revolution.”

Today, the Syrian regime rules by the dictum of equal injustice under law; none in Syria are guaranteed their rights and all groups are vulnerable to the regime’s whims.

Who Owns the Syrian Revolution?
The Roles and Challenges of Women and Minorities in the Syrian Uprising

WHEN: March 9, 2012, 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
9:30 am - 11:00 am | Women and the Future of the Syrian Revolution    
11:00 am - 12:45 pm | The Roles and Challenges of Minorities in Syria's Revolution

WHERE: U.S. Institute of Peace
    2301 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20037
    Live Webcast

WHO: U.S. Institute of Peace co-sponsored with United for a Free Syria and Syrian Emergency Task Force

United for a Free Syria (UFS) is co-sponsoring a discussion on minority rights and the Syrian revolution at the U.S. Institute of Peace on March 9, 2012. Two moderated discussion panels, featuring members of the Syrian National Council (SNC) and prominent Syrian American activists, will examine “Women and the Future of the Syrian Revolution” and “The Roles and Challenges of Minorities in Syria’s Revolution.”

USIP Overview of Syrian Uprising

According to the USIP, “As the Syrian uprising enters its second year, uncertainty about the challenges confronting women and minorities looms especially large.” UFS recognizes that minority rights is a critical issue that must be discussed in order for the revolution to progress. In a report on minority rights in a post-Assad Syria, UFS states:

“Today, the Syrian regime rules by the dictum of equal injustice under law; none in Syria are guaranteed their rights and all groups are vulnerable to the regime’s whims. The Syrian Revolution was prompted by the Syrian people’s need to reclaim their rights; for 11 months, Syrians on the streets have been calling for a government that would reinstate, secure, and respect the rights for all and in which every Syrian national is equal under the law.

“Notwithstanding, one of the centerpieces of international concern regarding the current regime and any potential future government is the issue of minority rights. In order for the revolution to move forward with the support of Syria’s minority groups as well as that of the international community, this issue must be addressed.”

Read: UFS Minority Rights Report

The report continues to reflect on Syrian society and history, the Assad regime’s relationships with the various minority factions, and subsequently, the future of minorities in a democratic and representative Syria. Additionally discussed are two levels of concern for minority rights: grassroots prejudice and institutionalized discrimination. UFS concludes that when the Assad regime is removed and if a Sunni Arab-dominant government is established, the rights of minority groups would be protected.

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Media inquiries are welcome. For further information, please contact UFS Media Coordinator, (810) 820-4653. Updated news and information can also be found at UnitedFreeSyria.org.

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