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October 20th, 2020

An Update from Inside Damascus

  HART has recently received an update from inside Syria from British front-line correspondent and film-maker, Tom Duggan. Tom is married to a Syrian woman and has lived in Syria since 2012. He currently lives in Damascus and gave this account of life under the blanket economic sanctions being imposed on Syria....

September 18th, 2020

Press Release: Meeting with the Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church-17 September

  On the evening of 17th September, one of Syria’s most senior clerics, Ignatius Aphrem II, issued an urgent statement calling on the UK Government to, “save lives,” and, “lift economic sanctions immediately.” He made the comments during a humanitarian conference with British parliamentarians, diplomats and international religious leaders including Baroness Cox and Dr Andrew Ashdown from HART and Former British Ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford....

August 28th, 2020

The Religious Landscape in Syria Part 2

The Twentieth Century Onwards Towards the end of the Ottoman Empire in 1914, Christians numbered about 24% of the population of the Empire, and 30% in the area of Greater Syria, which includes Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Palestine, and Christian communities played a key part in the social, political, economic and religious landscape of society....

August 21st, 2020

The Religious Landscape in Syria- Part 1

Syria has been described by archaeologists, historians, religious leaders, and travellers alike, as a crossroads of civilisation and of faith. Situated at the interface between Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, caravan routes travelled across Syria from Mediterranean lands to Egypt and from the Fertile Crescent to the Arabian Peninsula....

August 17th, 2020

Letter Sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson Regarding The Urgent Humanitarian Situation in Syria 17/08/2020

  Baroness Cox, alongside 19 co-signatories, has today written to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, regarding the current humanitarian situation in Syria and the continued imposition of blanket economic sanctions on the Government of Syria which disproportionately harm the Syrian people....

August 14th, 2020

Long Read: The Story of Maaloula

HART partners with the Syriac Orthodox St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC) http://www.epdc-syria.org/index.php, in a project in Maaloula, that seeks to empower local women to preserve fruit and vegetables both to provide food for their families and for income generation....

August 1st, 2020

Why Economic Sanctions on Syria Must Stop

  The conflict that has been raging in Syria for nine years has caused an unbearable level of suffering for all the people in the country. We are pleased to partner with EPDC, (St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee), the Syrian Orthodox Church’s Development work in the country, and specifically with one of their projects in Maaloula, as well as providing general relief in the harsh winters. ...

July 31st, 2020

The Work of EPDC and My Experiences Volunteering at a Refugee Camp

  HART is partnered with EPDC (St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee), which provides the means for people living in poverty and under oppression to increase their capacity to improve their living conditions. Following HART’s partnership with the EPDC, it has worked to help empower the women of Maaloula to combat food scarcity in their community....

July 24th, 2020

Letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab MP Concerning Sanctions Imposed on Syria

Baroness Cox has authored and co-signed, alongside two former ambassadors to Syria, two former Archbishop’s of Canterbury, a former Chief of General Staff of the British Army, a former Chief of Naval Staff and many others, a letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab imploring him to end the economic sanctions on Syria....

May 14th, 2020

Baroness Cox’s Question in the HoL on British Sanctions on Syria during COVID-19- 13/05/20

Baroness Cox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the humanitarian situation in Syria; and what steps they are taking to initiate the lifting of sanctions on that country.   The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development (Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon) (Con): My Lords, after years of conflict, Covid-19 poses a particularly significant threat in Syria....
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