Syrian Regime Representative Serves on @UCIrvine Foundation Board
Just received this action alert from the Syrian Emergency Task Force in Los Angeles regarding Syrian billionaire and son of former Vice President of Syria, the Consul General Dr. Hazem Chehabi’s position as a University of California, Irvine, Foundation Trustee:
ASK UCI NOT TO CONDONE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN SYRIA
Syrian regime representative must not serve on UCI Foundation Board of Trustees
(Los Angeles, CA 5/11/11) The Syrian Emergency Task Force-LA today called on Americans to urge the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Foundation to remove Syria’s Honorary Consul General Dr. Hazem Chehabi* from its Board of Trustees.
Syria has been ruled by the repressive autocracy of Al-Assad family since 1970. According to various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Syrian Human Rights Association, more than 800 people have died across Syria since peaceful protestors calling for political reform took to the streets in mid-March. Thousands of people have been arbitrarily arrested and detained incommunicado, placing them at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Torture of detainees has long been common and endemic in Syria. Even before the recent protests, Syria’s human rights situation is among the worst in the world.
“It is immoral, hypocritical and unacceptable for a prestigious academic institution such as UCI which teaches about democracy and freedom to accept being represented by Dr. Chehabi who also chooses to officially represent a brutal dictatorship that engages in the killing of its own people. It is contradictory to UCI’s mission and values to accept on its board an official representative of a foreign government engaging in crimes against humanity”, said Ammar Kahf, local organizer with the Task Force.