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Joint Statement Of Principles In Support Of International Education

“The United States cannot afford to be absent from the world stage: U.S. leadership and engagement makes an essential difference abroad, as well as at home. Indeed, in today’s interconnected world, our foreign and domestic policies are inextricably intertwined in pursuit of a preeminent goal – improving the lives of the American people. Many of ...
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Syria 2020 International Religious Freedom Report

Executive Summary The constitution declares the state shall respect all religions and shall ensure the freedom to perform religious rituals as long as these “do not disturb the public order.” There is no official state religion. Sectarian violence continued due to tensions among religious groups that, according to nongovernmental organization (NGO) and media sources, was ...
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Syria 2020 Human Rights Report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY President Bashar Assad has ruled the Syrian Arab Republic since 2000. The constitution mandates the primacy of Baath Party leaders in state institutions and society, and Assad and Baath Party leaders dominated all three branches of government as an authoritarian regime. An uprising against the regime that began in 2011 continued throughout the ...
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Assad’s Brutal War to Blame for Syria’s Economic Situation and Humanitarian Crisis

Statement by Special Envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn December 30, 2020 The United States categorically rejects the very basis of the statements on so-called “unilateral coercive measures” made by the Special Rapporteur.  The Special Rapporteur’s attempt to blame Syria’s economic crisis on U.S. sanctions is misguided and false. The blame for Syria’s economic situation and humanitarian crisis falls ...
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