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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.

Last Friday, the White House issued a statement deploring “the Syrian government’s use of violence and mass arrests in response to ongoing demonstrations” and imposed new sanctions on Syrian government officials.
“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.
Action:
Urge UCI Foundation (http://www.ucifoundation.org/Pages.aspx/Our-Trustees) not to condone the murdering of innocent pro-democracy protesters in Syria and to immediately remove Syria’s Consul General Dr. Chehabi from its Board of Trustees unless he disassociates himself from the Syrian dictatorship.
Contact UCI Foundation Board  (949) 824-4665 and UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drake at949-824-5111 and/or chancellor@uci.edu
Remember:
1-      Be FIRM, but POLITE
2-      NEVER make any threats or accusations
* Dr. Hazem Chehabi has been a US Citizen for over 20 years and is the President of Newport Diagnostic Center in Newport Beach. He was appointed to the UCI Foundation Board of Trustees in March 2006 and was honored in 2010 for his philanthropic donations and contributions to the Foundation.
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Syrian Emergency Task Force-LA was created to support the Syrian People’s democratic aspirations and to provide a venue for them to convey those aspirations to the American People.
Mailing Address: PO BOX 63, Hawthorne, CA 90251, Phone (213) 258-1416email issyrianetfLA@gmail.com
  1. Robert
    May 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

    He must quit as a consulate General of Syria

  2. Al Reyes
    May 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

    His dad Hekmat stole billions of dollars 20 years ago from Syrian people and gave that money to his son Hazem to purchase Real Estate here in Orange county.
    His house on 145 Irvine Cove Court Laguna Beach is worth millions. He must quit to redeem himself and his family

  3. Riad
    May 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Dr. Chehabi said that he doesn’t represent the Syrian regime. If he is being honest which I highly doubt, then it should be very easy for him to cut ties with the illegitimate Syrian government.

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