Testimony: Syria After 5 Years

How can we put human rights on the agenda for Syrian peace talks? My briefing on Capitol Hill. 7 min audio.


This morning I spoke at a Syria briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Organized by Crisis Action, the briefing focused on the 5 year anniversary of the start of the armed conflict in Syria.

Syria: Hope after 5 Years – Justice, Humanitarian Aid and looking to Syria’s Future
Friday March 18, 10:00am-12:00pm



Briefing Description:

“On March 15th, the Syrian conflict entered its 6th year, offering a grim reminder of how long Syrians have endured what is considered the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. While the recent agreement on a cessation of hostilities offers an important opportunity that the international community must capitalize on, the needs of civilians inside Syria remain great, and in many cases, unmet.”

“This briefing will highlight a number of ongoing challenges posed by the crisis, including, the provision of humanitarian aid and the fundamental need for holistic and sustainable assistance that looks to the long-term future of Syria. In addition, issues of protection, IHL, justice, and refugee response will be discussed. Speakers include those with direct experience on the ground who will offer their unique perspective on the challenges they face, and action the international community must take to overcome them.”


  • Dr. Rouba Mhaissen, Founder & Director, Sawa Foundation, UK Sawa for Development & Aid, Lebanon
  • Marie Soueid, Policy Counsel, Center for Victims of Torture
  • Sunjeev Bery, Advocacy Director for Middle East North Africa, Amnesty International USA
  • Jane MacPhail, Director Mercy Corps’ No Lost Generation programs in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq
  • Moderator:  Kate Phillips-Barrasso, Senior Director for Policy and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee

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