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Syrian American Community Urges Ranking Member Meeks to Support Crucial Syria Human Rights Bill

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The Syrian American community is united in their call for Ranking Member Gregory Meeks to support the ‘Assad Regime Anti-Normalization Act of 2023,’ a bipartisan bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This crucial legislation seeks to establish into law that the Assad regime is illegitimate and must face accountability for its brutal crimes against humanity in Syria. It also includes provisions to address Assad’s manipulation of humanitarian aid, strengthen the Caesar Act, and protect the land and property rights of Syrian refugees.

Expressing concern over Rep. Gregory Meeks’ lack of endorsement, community leaders are urging their fellow citizens to take action. They are mobilizing their community and urging them to contact Rep. Meeks’ office to express strong support for the bill and emphasize the urgency of holding the Assad regime accountable.

“We believe that this bill is an essential step in advancing human rights in Syria and holding the Assad regime accountable for its atrocities,” said Samira Salem, spokesperson for the Syrian American Association. “We urge Rep. Meeks to endorse H.R. 3202 unchanged and send a strong message that the United States will not tolerate the ongoing human rights violations in Syria.”

The proposed legislation has gained widespread support from various human rights organizations and advocates. Sara Johnson, Executive Director of Syrian Rights Watch, emphasized the significance of this bill, stating, “By enshrining into law the illegitimacy of the Assad regime and ensuring consequences for its crimes against humanity, we are sending a powerful message of solidarity to the Syrian people and reaffirming our commitment to justice.”

In order to maximize impact, community leaders are urging individuals to contact Rep. Meeks’ office and voice their support for the bill. “We want to make sure that Rep. Meeks understands the importance of this legislation for Syrians who have suffered under the Assad regime,” said Ahmed Hassan, a Syrian American activist. “It is crucial that he stands with us and holds Assad accountable for his crimes against humanity.”

To reach out to Rep. Meeks’ office and express support for H.R. 3202, concerned citizens can utilize the following contact information:

Phone: (202) 225-3461
Email: Gregory.meeks@mail.house.gov, Peter.Billerbeck@mail.house.gov

The Syrian American community remains hopeful that their collective voice, combined with widespread support, will convince Rep. Meeks to endorse the bill and ensure that the rights and well-being of the Syrian people are prioritized on the national stage. Together, they aim to send a clear message that the international community will not tolerate impunity for those responsible for the suffering and devastation in Syria.

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