Syria's Humanitarian Crisis, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 19, 2013   [open pdf - 308KB]

This is the March 19, 2013 hearing before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, titled "Syria's Humanitarian Crisis." From the opening statement of Robert P. Casey, Jr.: "The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs meets today to examine the United States response to Syria's deepening humanitarian crisis for both those living inside Syria and those who have sought refuge in the region. Two years ago, thousands of Syrians took to the streets, peacefully protesting the autocratic regime that had run their country as a police state for decades. Inspired by the events in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, these protesters met the full force of Bashar al-Assad's internal security services, and then, of course, the military. Since then, the conflict has escalated, driving more than 1 million refugees to neighboring countries. Some [2.5] million are displaced within Syria. And, most tragically of all, more than 70,000 people have been killed in this conflict. When we quote these numbers and statistics, which seem to rise every day, we risk losing sight of the human face of this crisis. Today's hearing will focus on the men, women, and children who suffer daily, despite the courageous effort of aid providers, and who have little hope that this protracted conflict will end." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record are those of the following: Robert P. Casey, Jr., Antonio Guterres, Lindborg, Tom Malinowski, Anne C. Richard, Robert Menendez, James E. Risch, and Michael Singh.

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S. Hrg. 113-134; Senate Hearing 113-134
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