From left: Bassam Saker, US Representative, Syrian Democratic Council; Sinam Mohamad, Co-Chair, US Mission of the Syrian Democratic Council; Ethan Goldrich, Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of State; Chairwoman Nadine Maenza, US Commission for International Religious Freedom; Bassam Ishak, Co-Chair, Syrian Democratic Council.

The United States office of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) hosted an event marking the eleventh anniversary of the Syrian uprising, when the Syrian people first demonstrated against the Assad Regime, demanding basic human and democratic rights.

The event was attended by various current and former figures of the Biden Administration, representatives of relevant NGOs and think tanks, and the SDC’s US officials. Sinam Mohamad, US Representative of the SDC, gave opening remarks. Other speakers included: Ethan Goldrich, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East; David Brownstein, former Deputy Envoy to Syria; and Nadine Maenza, Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Nadine Maenza. Elham Ahmad, President of the Executive Committee of the SDC, spoke via video call from Syria to personally address the event and emphasize the essential role that the United States plays in supporting the Syrian people’s aspirations.

The Syrian Democratic Council as a whole reaffirmed their commitment to the democratic principles of the Syrian uprising, and to a solution to the Syrian crisis that would bring democracy, decentralization, and gender equality, as well as embrace Syria’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious identity.

More photographs of the event are available on the Facebook page of the US Mission of the Syrian Democratic Council.