As the Obama administration scrambles for options in Syria, officials lament that the United States has no leverage over the Assad regime, Russia or Iran to persuade them to halt their ongoing atrocities, especially in Aleppo. But behind the scenes, the White House is actually working to weaken a sanctions bill lawmakers in both parties see as providing leverage against all three. Read more...

Article by Josh Rogin of the Washington Post. Published October 6, 2016

Photo: House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) holds up a photograph of Syrian children as he speaks during a 2013 hearing on Syria. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press)

The White House worked behind the scenes last week to prevent a bipartisan bill to sanction the Assad regime for war crimes and atrocities against civilians from getting a vote in the House of Representatives. The Democratic leadership bowed to White House pressure and withdrew its support for voting on the bill for now.

Lawmakers and congressional staff had been preparing to bring up theCaesar Syria Civilian Protection Act this week and pass it out of the House with relative ease. The bill, named after a Syrian defector who presented the world with 55,000 pictures documenting Assad’s mass torture and murder of civilians in custody, has more than 50 co-sponsors, a majority of whom are Democrats. 

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Our Department of Outreach has partnered with the Conway coalition to reach the Wisdom House orphanage in Idlib, Sryia and is prepared to connect support and messages of hope to our brothers and sisters across the globe. The community of Conway, Arkansas has established the orphanage as their own, pledging to support and sustain The Wisdom House for years to come. Church, hospital, business, education, and community leaders in Arkansas have come together to create The Wisdom House Project, projecting humanity and compassion for its community and reaching out to those in most need of support. The Conway crew has already provided an electric generator and teachers' salaries for the next year. The orphanage currently has 358 children and 7 staff members. There will be an event featuring SETF's executive director, Mouaz Moustafa, on September 20th and 21st of 2016.

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Since its outbreak in March 2011, the conflict in Syria has cost the lives of more than 400,000 people, displaced more than 10 million people, and been punctuated by systematic and widespread atrocities and crimes against humanity. As the Assad regime continues its attacks on Syrian civilians, the flow of refugees escaping violence is putting new pressure on the security, economic, and diplomatic challenges on the region and beyond. Join us for a discussion about the longest humanitarian crisis since the Holocaust and options for response.

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SETF's executive director, Mouaz Moustafa, is a featured speaker at this event.

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (HR 5732) Introduced to Congress

On July 14, 2016, 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

Related Articles:

 Rogin, Josh (2016-07-14). "Congress launches Syria sanctions drive"The Washington PostISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-07-14.

 "Congress Introduces Bipartisan Bill Increasing Sanctions on Syria". Retrieved2016-07-15.


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