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Religious Freedom in Syria: The Sole Foundation for Lasting Peace

Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom
Side Event
When: Monday, July 23, 2018 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Where: National Press Club 
             529 14th Street, NW
             Washington, DC 20045
             First Amendment Lounge 13th Fl 
             (Nearest Metro: Metro Center)

Please Join Us for This Timely On-The-Record Briefing!

Contact: Lauren Homer, 703-303-7350, lauren@lawandlibertytrust.org

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- Syrian, US, and international experts will explain why a pluralistic and inclusive, non-sectarian, democracy providing equal rights for all Syrians is the only acceptable solution for the wounds of Syria's brutal civil war. Religious freedom is the true antidote to the ideology of Daesh. And it exists now in Syria's Democratic Self-Administration—the home of the multi-religious, multi-ethnic Syrian Democratic Forces. Why our partners in war must remain our partners in peace!!


  1. The Pluralistic Model for Religious Freedom in Northern Syria's Democratic Self-Administration Based On Voluntary Reconciliation Among Kurds, Christians, Arabs, and Others.
  2. Devastation in Afrin by Turkey's Mercenary Islamist Forces: A Sanctuary of Human Rights and Religious Freedom Still Being Destroyed by an Occupying Turkish Army.
  3. Strategic Choices Facing the US and Its Allies That Can Will Support or Destroy Religious Freedom and the Hopes of Christians, Kurds, Yazidis, and other Syrian minorities.

Moderator: Lauren Homer, President Law and Liberty Trust, Co-Chair of the IRF Roundtable's Middle East Working Group


Bassam Ishak, President, Syriac Democratic Council of Syria, Deputy Representative of the Syrian Democratic Council for the Democratic Self-Administration, native of Hasakah, Syria.

Sinam Mohamad, Representative of the Syrian Democratic Council for the Democratic Self-Administration, native of Afrin, Syria and victim of Turkey's invasion

Invited Speakers:

Mervyn Thomas, President, CSW (formerly Christian Solidarity Worldwide)

Bishop Mar Awa Royel, Assyrian Church of the East (faith of the Khabour River Village Hostages)
Please RSVP by 9:00 AM, July 23rd to: lauren@lawandlibertytrust.org