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Bipartisan Coalition in House Seeks Support for Syrian Democracy

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Today, Congressmen Doug Lamborn (CO-05) and Ted Deutch (FL-19) introduced H.Res. 296 expressing solidarity and support for the people of Syria as they seek to exercise universal rights and pursue peaceful democratic change. This resolution is similar to one introduced in the Senate.

"The House and Senate need to send a unified message of support to the people of Syria. As part of the movements for reform sweeping the Middle East, it is clear the Syrian people are seeking to exercise universal rights and pursue peaceful democratic change. It is also clear the Assad Regime has taken part in extrajudicial killings, torture, mass arrests, the promotion of Hezbollah, and more. It is time we stand up for the people of Syria and condemn these human rights abuses."-- Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)

"This Syrian regime has been engaging in the wholesale slaughter of its own people right under the nose of the international community. Bashar al-Assad's forces have now murdered over a thousand unarmed protestors in a quest to shield his oppressive regime from the wave of democracy sweeping the Middle East. This resolution seeks to do more than just condemn Syria for committing horrific human rights abuses, aiding Iran in the spread of extremism and hatred, and supporting terrorists in Hamas and Hezbollah that seek the destruction of Israel. By passing this resolution, Congress can send the important message to the people of Syria that the United States stands firmly with all who seek freedom, democracy, and human rights."--Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-19)

H.Res. 296 encourages the President to take steps to ensure access by the people of Syria to accurate news and information, including social networking technologies, to work with NGOs, governments, and international partners to bring an end to human rights abuses, and to support the democratic aspirations of the people.

It also expresses condemnation of the Government of Syria's extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, and arbitrary and mass arrests against civilians. Most recently, Syrian security forces opened fire killing at least 27 people during one of the largest protests on Friday.

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