CHICAGO, IL. — In the past few weeks, the families of hundreds of Syrian prisoners have learned that their loved ones died while under the custody of the Government of Syria. The Syria Faith Initiative, a coalition of American faith leaders, decry the lack of transparency and due process among the parties responsible for Syria’s disappearances.
We grieve with these families and pray for the Syrians killed in such a cruel manner, for arbitrary, political reasons that are an affront to international human rights law and universal values on human rights and dignity. We also pray for those still missing in the darkness, facing prison conditions—with industrial-scale torture and extermination methods— a modern dehumanization campaign reminiscent of the horrors of the Second World War.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Trump’s executive order banning the entry to the U.S. of citizens from several countries, the majority of which being Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, and in light of the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Syria, a coalition of diverse faith leaders united under the Syria Faith Initiative call for the upholding of our American values of accepting and giving compassion towards refugees, particularly Syrians who have been the victims of horrific atrocities over the past 8 years. While SCOTUS affirmed President Trump’s executive authority on immigration and national security matters, in light of the Trump Administration’s political rhetoric calling for a “Muslim ban,” we believe this travel ban is a thinly-veiled attempt to stoke hatred and division. Doing so comes at the worst time for the Syrian people.
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