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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 24, 2006


Syria: Repression of Democracy and Human Rights Activists

The United States is concerned by the Syrian Government’s increased repression of democracy and human rights activists. In recent days, individuals peacefully advocating the fundamental human rights of Syrian citizens have been subjected to intimidation and arbitrary detention by Syrian authorities. In other instances, non-violent demonstrators were attacked by a mob while Syrian security personnel stood idly by.

The United States deplores the atmosphere of fear being fostered by the Syrian authorities. We call upon the Government of Syria to cease its harassment of Syrians who seek to defend their rights and to bring democratic change to their country. The United States stands with the people of Syria in their desire for freedom and democracy.

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Released on March 24, 2006

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