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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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On the Departure of Ambassador James F. Jeffrey

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 9, 2020 Ambassador James F. Jeffrey, who has served for almost two and a half years as the Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, will retire from his roles this month. In August 2018 Ambassador Jeffrey came out of retirement at my request ...
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Syria Sanctions Designations on the Anniversary of Assad’s Attack Against the People of Douma, Syria

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 9, 2020 Today, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury sanctioned 19 individuals and entities under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019 and other sanctions authorities. Just over five years ago, on October 30, 2015, Bashar al Assad’s forces, backed by Iran and Russia, killed over 70 ...
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