September 16, 2013

Washington, DC–The Syrian Emergency Task Force announced officially today after an internal investigation that Elizabeth O'Bagy is no longer working with the organization. Although Syrian Emergency Task Force  deeply regrets the poor judgment exercised by  Ms. O'Bagy in misstating her credentials, we stand by her research on the realities from on the ground in Syria. The mission of Syrian Emergency Task Force is to educate the American public and policymakers on the Syrian crisis and to provide humanitarian assistance to Syrians in need. 

Washington, DC -- The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) today applauded President Barack Obama's pledge to hold the Assad regime accountable for its use of chemical weapons on civilian populations in Syria, and to support the moderate Syrian opposition. In an address to the nation, the President said that Assad's use of chemical weapons presented a danger to America's security, and that failure to respond would embolden other tyrants and also endanger American allies.

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Washington, DC -- The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) urges Members of Congress to support an authorization for the use of military force by the US against Assad regime targets in Syria. Such authorization, and actions taken pursuant to it, must be strategic and decisive enough both to send a message to Assad and other tyrants and terrorists that the world will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons, and also to set the stage for a full transition of power in Syria from Assad to an opposition-led democratic transitional body.   Delaying action against the Syrian regime, or limiting the authorization and use of force to cosmetic action, will only embolden Assad and give him more time to kill innocent men, women, and children.

SEE: Obama: U.S. 'should' punish Syria, will seek Congressional permission - Politico

It is imperative that targeting specific Assad military posts takes place sooner rather than later in order to save Syrian lives and weaken the regime's ability to commit mass atrocities, and the US must exercise caution to avoid civilian deaths.  Moreover, as long as Assad remains in Syria, the conflict and the divisiveness will continue to increase, and the road to rebuilding will grow progressively more difficult.  

"The Syrian people need immediate US help to relieve them of the grave murders and human rights abuses perpetrated by the Assad regime,"  said Dr. Yahya Basha, Chairman of CDS. "The US must degrade Assad strongly enough to force him to engage in a negotiated transition of power, to stop committing such atrocities, and to pave the way for Syrians to begin the difficult but critical processes of reconciliation, reconstruction, and democratization." 

The CDS urges Members of Congress to authorize this action not only to protect Syrian civilians, but also in the deep and direct national interests of the United States to support stability and democracy in Syria.  Allowing this conflict to continue will only make it more and more dangerous to Syrians, to the US, and to the world.

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a group of Syrian-American non-profit organizations working together to bring about a swift end to the conflict and support the establishment of peace, freedom, and democracy in Syria. The CDS is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, non-partisan organization. The CDS includes: Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for Free Syria, Syrian American Council, Syrian American Alliance, Syrian Christians for Democracy, and Association of Free Syrians.

August 21, 2013

Washington, DC -- The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) condemns in the strongest possible terms the Assad regime's brutal coordinated chemical attacks in several of Damascus' suburbs, including Zamalka, Ein Tarma, Douma, and Muadameyeh, reportedly killing more than 550 people according to the Local Coordination Committees of Syria. Videos uploaded by activists show most of the victims are children.

CDS calls upon the Obama administration to act swiftly and decisively against the regime's use of chemical weapons, which constitutes a red line as described by President Obama repeatedly. Additionally, CDS urges the Obama administration to call upon the UN team, which recently arrived in Syria to investigate a chemical attack that occurred in Khan Al-Assal six months ago, to head to the targeted areas immediately to investigate the heinous crimes, and to issue a condemnation of the horrible massacre against children at the hands of the regime.

"Assad's regime has committed yet another horrible crime, making a mockery of all laws and lines," said Dr. Yahya Basha, Chairman of CDS. "The Obama administration and the UN should immediately investigate the chemical attacks and actively prevent the Assad regime from using chemical weapons against the Syrian people. The timing of the attacks is a very clear message to the Obama administration and the international community."

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a group of Syrian-American non-profit organizations working together to bring about a swift end to the conflict and support the establishment of peace, freedom, and democracy in Syria. The CDS is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, non-partisan organization. The CDS includes: Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for Free Syria, Syrian American Council, Syrian American Alliance, Syrian Expatriates Organization, Syrian Christians for Democracy, and Association of Free Syrians.

June 25, 2013

Washington DC-- Syrian Christians for Peace and the multi-ethnic, multi-confessional Coalition for a Democratic Syria rebuke today's House joint subcommittee hearing to discuss the plight of religious minorities in Syria. The hearing, entitled Religious Minorities in Syria: Caught in the Middle, nominally discusses the role of all of Syria's minority sects, but primarily focuses on the dangers to Christians amidst the Syrian crisis. None of the panelists are Syrian Christians.

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