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12/14/16                                 

SETF Field Office in Aleppo Destroyed as Tens of Thousands of Residents Facing Summary Executions, Immolations, Torture, and Forced Displacement 

Washington, DC - On Tuesday, SETF learned of the destruction of one of its offices in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo city by pro-regime forces. None of the 8 individuals employed by the office have been heard from since the weekend. The bombing constitutes just one of hundreds of war crimes happening in the face in international inaction as Russia, Iran, and the Syrian regime inflict another Srebrenica-style attack on the Syrian people. 

SETF field operations based out of the Bustan al-Qasr office focused on humanitarian aid and civil society support, servicing several of the surrounding neighborhoods in East Aleppo. The last message received from a member of the team came just prior to the neighborhood being taken by pro-regime forces. The message read, “We did everything we can do for our people, so please forgive us if you don’t hear back.”

Bustan al-Qasr is just one of many neighborhoods that have been overpowered by unchecked Russian, regime, and Iranian-backed forces, constrained by no commitment to international humanitarian or human rights law. The neighborhood was one of four that saw the summary execution of at least 82 civilians, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/world/middleeast/syria-aleppo-civilians.html%26amp;sa%3DD%26amp;ust%3D1481743321598000%26amp;usg%3DAFQjCNGuSspeGUPrjpHmjGAaxnq9PU2qcQ&sa=D&ust=1481743321605000&usg=AFQjCNFNJbCGfHwzyrQG7UkPpX3y40XLew">confirmed today by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. In addition to executing civilians by gunfire, pro-regime militias reportedly turned to immolation of women and children in a horrifying exercise of inhumanity.

"The destruction of our office, which was focused primarily on humanitarian activities, is just one example of deliberate regime attacks on non-military targets” said SETF Deputy Director Evan Barrett. “The regime’s policy is to make life unlivable in areas where the population doesn't support them. Clearly, these are war crimes." 

Every man, woman, and child in the besieged areas faces imminent death after repeated failures of a negotiated reprieve. The collapse of such a deal only provides further proof of the cost of ineffective diplomacy, especially in the face of the humanitarian catastrophe that has been carefully orchestrated by the Russians, Iranians, and Syrian regime with little censure from a paralyzed international community. 

President Obama’s deafening silence in response to our generation’s “never again” moment makes us all complicit. Call your elected representatives in Congress now, demanding immediate safe passage for the evacuation of civilians and access for humanitarian relief.

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. CDS is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, non-partisan organization. CDS includes: Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for a Free Syria, Syrian American Council, Syrian Christians for Peace, Association of Free Syrians, and the American Syriac Union.

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11/29/16          
     

Kentucky and Tennessee: Urge your senator today to introduce the Caesar bill!

 

Thanks to your hard work, the Caesar bill (H.R. 5732) has unanimously passed the House of Representatives, bringing us one step closer to instating crippling sanctions on the Assad regime and its backers. However, for the bill to become law, it must first pass the Senate.

With this week’s devastating regime assault on Aleppo, it is urgent that we do everything we can to stop the slaughter of innocent civilians and defend the values of the Syrian Revolution, which includes the passage of this bill.  

We need your help to call Senators McConnell and Corker to introduce the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act for a vote through an expedited procedure. This process, called “hotlining,” bypasses committee review and allows the bill to be introduced directly on the floor before Congress goes home for the year.

There is very little time left. We need hundreds of calls from residents of Kentucky and Tennessee TODAY to move the Senate to a vote. Please spread the word to your friends and family after you make a call.

Please call Senators McConnell and Corker today to urge them to hotline the Caesar bill. You can find the script for a call here.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Legislation Would Crack Down on Assad Supporters & Push Negotiations

Washington, D.C. — Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), the Committee’s Chairman, today announced that they introduced legislation that would impose new sanctions on supporters of Syria’s Assad Regime, encourage negotiations to end the crisis, and kick off investigations into the eventual prosecution of war criminals.  Legislation  Track Bill on congress.gov

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