Events

Some of our past events:

Syria’s Disappeared
This event was cancelled due to the Westminster attack on 22 March 2017. We hope to reschedule as soon as possible.

The APPG Friends of Syria and Channel 4 were to have held a meeting on Wednesday 22 March from 18.00 to 19.00 in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Room (CPA), Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster.

The event was to have been a panel discussion on treatment of people in detention centres under Syrian regime of President Assad, including screening of clips from Channel 4 documentary Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad.

The documentary is available to watch from Channel 4.

Speakers were to have included:
  • Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Minister for the Middle East and Africa).
  • Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary.
  • Sara Afshar, Director and producer of ‘Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad’.
  • Toby Cadman, International criminal lawyer.
  • Mazen Alhummada, survivor of torture in detention, featured in the film, (pending VISA).
  • Mariam Alhallak, mother whose son Ayham died in detention, featured in the film, (pending VISA).

The meeting was to have been chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy and introduced by Alison McGovern MP.


Photo by Jimmy Wales.




Siege Watch: On Syrian communities under siege
Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 2.45pm in Committee Room 14

With Valerie Szybala of The Syria Institute and Ahmad Baroudi of Save The Children.

Chaired by Alison McGovern of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Friends of Syria

A meeting with Valerie Szybala of The Syria Institute to learn about the work of Siege Watch, a joint monitoring project with PAX, and to discuss their latest report. All Siege Watch reports are available here.

Ms. Valerie Szybala is Executive Director and co-founder of The Syria Institute, an independent, non-profit, non-partisan research institution based in Washington, DC.

Ahmad Baroudi works with Save the Children in Lebanon and Turkey on media and communications.



Screening: The White Helmets
22 November 2016, 2pm to3:30pm, Committee Room 11.

Speakers:
  • Raed Saleh, head of Syria Civil Defence
  • Farouq Habib, head of training
Chaired by Alison McGovern MP.

Interviews with event participants here.

Little Atoms report here.




Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 18 October 2016, 5pm to 5.30pm, Room P of Portcullis House.

Chaired by Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP.



Meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Friends of Syria
Tuesday 13 September 2016, 11am to 12 noon, Committee Room 16.

Speakers:
  • Anas Alabdah, President of the Syrian National Coalition
  • Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon
  • Hamish de Bretton-Gordon OBE
Chaired by Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP.

Remarks by Hamish de Bretton-Gordon here.



Meeting Syrian human rights activists Mazen Darwish and Yara Bader
Tuesday 19th July 2016, 3:45pm to 5pm, Committee Room 6.

The APPG Friends of Syria, in cooperation with English PEN, Amnesty International UK, and PEN International, hosted a meeting with Syrian activists Mazen Darwish and Yara Bader.

Chaired by Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP.

Event details here.

See the special issue of Syria Notes on detainees produced for this event.



Evidence session on military policy
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 4pm–6pm, Committee Room 11.

Speakers:
  • Major General (Retired) Tim Cross CBE
  • Lina Khatib, Arab Reform Initiative
  • Scott Lucas, University of Birmingham
  • Ibrahim Olabi, Syrian Legal Development Programme
  • Thomas Pierret, University of Edinburgh
Chaired by Jo Cox MP.



Evidence session on diplomacy
Wednesday 20th January 2016, 4pm–6pm, Committee Room 12.

Speakers:
  • Laila Alodaat, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Ian Bond, Centre for European Reform
  • Daniel Levy, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Kadri Liik, European Council on Foreign Relations
  • Hussein Sabbagh, National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces
  • Bente Scheller, Heinrich Böll Foundation
  • Jeremy Shapiro, European Council on Foreign Relations
Chaired by Jo Cox MP.



Evidence session on the humanitarian crisis and UK policy response
Monday 23rd November 2015, 11am–1pm, Committee Room 11.

Speakers:
  • Max Hadorn, UNOCHA
  • Amal Kaoua, Save the Children
  • Rouba Mhaissen, Sawa for Development and Aid
  • David Nott, emergency trauma surgeon
  • Fadel Moghrabi, cardiothoracic surgeon
  • Aula Abbara, Hand in Hand medical team
  • Wael Aleji, Syrian Network for Human Rights
Chaired by Jo Cox MP.



A ministerial overview of the crisis with Tobias Ellwood MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
5–6pm, Tuesday 17th November 2015, Committee Room 9.

Chaired by Jo Cox MP.