Council of United Syrian Americans Statement on the Tunisian Elections

For Immediate Release
October 23, 2011

“Today’s election in Tunisia is an important step towards democracy and self-governance for the Tunisian people,” said Hamdi Rifai Chair of the Council of United Syrian Americans (CUSA).  “We want to congratulate all those who were able to topple the dictatorship of Ben Ali in Tunisia and those who were responsible for the seamless transition to the democratic elections that are taking place today.”
“This remarkable day will go down in history as a day in which a country gave a voice to its people.”
The CUSA calls on the American government to support the newly-elected Tunisian government and to help ensure the goals of a stable democracy, respect for human rights and the achievement of the rule of law.
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Council of United Syrian Americans Presses the Arab League to Suspend Syria

For Immediate Release
October 16, 2011

Council of United Syrian Americans Presses the Arab League to Suspend Syria

NEW YORK – An emergency discussion of suspending Syrian’s status in the Arab League was held early this morning.  While this will not have a direct affect on Syria’s brutality towards its people, it will still deliver a substantial blow to Assad regime and cause further isolation towards his unethical practices.

Assad has not shown any respite for the 7 month uprising and continues to crack-down on anti government forces.  “This Sunday has been difficult for the protestors,” said Hamdi Rifai, Chair of CUSA, “ security forces opened fire on the funeral of slain activist Ziad al-Obeidi, raided homes in Damascus and  arrested more than 900 people in Homs this past week.  This type of silencing and complete disregard for human dignity has become common place in Syria.”

According to the UN, since March, Syrian security forces have killed more than 3,000 people, including at least 187 children, while arresting, detaining, forcibly disappearing, and torturing thousands more.

The SCC asks that the Arab League mandate that all its members withdraw their ambassadors from Syria to put pressure on Assad stop the bloodshed and crackdown on protestors.

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CUSA Statement on the Threats Made Against Syrian Expats Abroad

COUNCIL OF UNITED SYRIAN AMERICANS

For Immediate Release
October 13, 2011

CUSA Statement on the Threats Made Against Syrian Expats Abroad

NEW YORK – After months of Syrian protest against the Assad regime, it has become apparent that Syrian’s brutal regime is now trying to silence protestors around the world. News of people like Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid, 47, a Syrian-born American citizen intimidating and threatening pro-democracy protestors are now becoming apparent.

“After more than 2900 people killed in Syria in its people’s struggle for democracy, Assad’s thugs are trying to use their intimidation tactics on Syrian expats.” Hamdi Rifai, Chair of CUSA, said today. “We want to work together with all governments and law agencies to ensure the protection of expats living outside of Syria today and commend the actions of the Hague, the US and Canada to ensure intimidation and threats from the Assad’s Syrian regime do not go unpunished.”

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