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GROUP ASKS UCI TO REMOVE SYRIAN OFFICIAL “Hazem H. Chehabi” FROM BOARD


SETF Greater Los Angeles chapter

PRESS RELEASE

GROUP ASKS UCI TO REMOVE SYRIAN OFFICIAL FROM BOARD
Syrian regime representative must not serve on UCI Foundation Board of Trustees

(Los Angeles, CA 5/11/11) The Syrian Emergency Task Force-LA (Task Force) 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.

The Task Force is asking Americans to urge UCI Foundation 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.

They Syrian Emergency Task Force is a nonprofit organization based in the United States. The Task
Force 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.

Contact: Ammar Kahf, Los Angeles area organizer for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, 213-258-
1416, email syrianetfLA@gmail.com

* 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) 258-1416, email is syrianetfLA@gmail.com

A copy of the Action Alert UCI Foundation
  1. Gabee
    May 17, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I agree, a thug like him, and son of a thug, blood thirsty leach that sucked Millions if not Billions off the Syrian people blood over the past 40 years, should not be allowed to serve on a Trustee board on any thing more than a Mafia family or a Drug cartell.

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