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Democracy Under Fire: The Impact of Russia’s Intervention on Syrian Civil Society

November 5, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Please join the Democracy Council and the Union of Revolutionary Bureaus (URB) in a conversation with Raed Fares on the effect of Russia’s intervention on the work of civil society organizations operating in opposition-held areas of Syria.

Thursday, November 5 at 1:00PM
Cannon House Office Building, Room 402

Raed Fares is one of the most prominent secular civil society activists still living inside Syria, in a region threatened by Assad bombardment and extremist groups. He joined the first protests against the Assad regime for freedom and democracy in April 2011. He openly criticizes extremist organizations and this has resulted in an assassination attempt by ISIS, and other attempts by Jabhat al Nusra and Jund al Aqsa.

Fares is the president of the Union of Revolutionary Bureaus (URB). He employs over 400 men and women. Among the projects URB is implements is a radio station called called Radio Fresh, which is the most listened to radio station in Syria. Raed is the mastermind behind the iconic Kafranbel revolutionary banners, which have captured the attention of the world.

Raed has implemented over $2 million of US funded projects. Through URB, he provides critical services, women’s programs, children’s programs, and media, all of which are important to counter extremism.


November 5, 2015
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Democracy Council and the Union of Revolutionary Bureaus (URB)


Cannon House Office Building
27 Independence Ave SE, Room 402
Washington, DC 20003 United States
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