Expressing the Grave Concern of Congress Regarding the Continuing Gross Violations of Human Rights and Civil Liberties of the Syrian and Lebanese People by the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic; and Expressing the Grave Concern of Congress Regarding the Occupation of the Republic of Lebanon by the Syrian Arab Republic: Markup Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, on H. Con. Res. 18 and H. Con. Res. 32, March 2, 2005

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Pagina 16 - It is not the end, it is not the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning.
Pagina 3 - through any media and regardless of frontiers."; Whereas Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states "Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association."; Whereas Syria's September 2001 press law permits the government to arbitrarily deny or revoke publishing licenses for vague reasons and compels media to submit all material to government censors; Whereas Syrian authorities have arrested, or, in the case of
Pagina 1 - room 2255, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Chair of the Subcommittee) presiding. Ms. Ros-LEHTlNEN.
Pagina 2 - Whereas the Syrian Arab Republic is governed by an authoritarian regime which continues to commit serious human rights abuses, including the use of torture and arbitrary arrest and detention; Whereas the Department of State's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2003 states that Syria "significantly restricts freedom of speech and of the press", that "freedom of assembly does not exist under the law", and that "the Government restricted freedom of association":
Pagina 3 - dissidents and Chilians at a sit-in in front of the parliament; Whereas a United States diplomat who was watching the peaceful demonstrations was also arrested and held for an hour in what the United States called an unacceptable violation of diplomatic practice and which the United States protested "in the strongest terms"; Whereas Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states "All are equal before the law and are enti•HCON 18
Pagina 15 - the President to instruct the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations to
Pagina 14 - has imposed its will upon the Lebanese people through electoral intimidation, political persecution,
Pagina 14 - strictly limits freedom of expression, association, and assembly, and treats ethnic minority Kurds as second-class citizens.

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