Syrians – like people all across the world – want their freedom. They want to be free of dictatorship and free of the extremism it has spawned.
The regime of Bashar al-Assad is responsible for crushing a peaceful uprising that has led to the deaths of over 300,000 people, the displacement of over 12 million – half the country – and the emergence of violent, extremist groups like Isis.
Today the fighting in Syria has given way to a world war with more than eighty countries involved on all sides.
The majority of Syrians want neither Assad nor Isis. They want an end to the violence and a democratic Syria.
What is happening in Syria could be happening to any of us. No one is free until we’re all free.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are based on real questions we get asked. Please ask us more and we’ll answer them below.
What is The Syria Campaign?
The Syria Campaign is a global advocacy group launched in 2014 with the mission to mobilize people around the world to advocate to save lives and accelerate progress towards a peaceful and democratic future for Syria.
We work in two ways:
1. Creating communication materials – e.g. reports, infographics, videos – that have the ability to cut through the complexity of the conflict and shift the public narrative on Syria
2. Running large-scale campaigns that elevate the voices of Syrians and deliver real impact on the ground
If you want to see some of our campaign victories head to our impact page.
Why was The Syria Campaign created?
We launched on the third anniversary of the uprising in March 2014 at a time when Syria was slipping off the media and political agendas of countries around the world. As human rights activists we wanted to do what we could to refocus global attention and action on Syria.
So much has changed since we started: the emergence of Isis, the ‘refugee crisis’ reaching European shores and the involvement of even more countries in bombing Syria.
Syria today is back in the headlines. However, despite the immense scale of human suffering and instability there is a lack of serious effort from world leaders to end the violence.
Maybe after nearly five years it’s fatigue, maybe it’s thinking it’s too complex, maybe it’s just seeing only bad guys in the news. Whatever the reasons, we aim to overcome these barriers working in partnership with Syrians to garner international support to accelerate an end the violence.
Only by listening to the demands of Syrians and standing with those who want a peaceful and democratic future for the country will we bring stability to Syria and be able to drive out extremism. There are no solutions to the conflict in Syria that can be drafted up in faraway capitals or dropped from the sky. Through our campaigns elevating the heroic and inspiring work of Syrians we hope to mobilise support for the only people who can really end this crisis: Syrians themselves.
How can I get involved?
Once you’re finished reading this you can scroll to the bottom of the page and sign up to join The Syria Campaign. We’ll send you our latest campaigns and news over email.
How are you governed?
The Syria Campaign is a non-profit organisation registered as a company in the United Kingdom as The Voices Project—company number 8825761. (You can’t be a registered charity in the UK if most of your work is campaigning.)
We have a Governing Board who are legally responsible for the organisation and oversee strategy and finance for The Syria Campaign. The board members are Daniel Gorman, Ben Stewart, Sawsan Asfari, Tim Dixon and Lina de Sergie.
How are you funded?
The Syria Campaign is fiercely independent and accepts no money from governments, corporations or anyone directly involved in the Syrian conflict. This allows us full autonomy to advocate for whatever is needed to save lives.
Seed funding for The Syria Campaign was provided by The Asfari Foundation with supporting funds from other Syrian donors across the world who are frustrated by global inaction on Syria.
Are you affiliated with any side in the Syrian conflict?
We are not tied to any political group in Syria or anywhere else. We support universally-agreed human rights and freedoms. We support the aspirations of Syrians to live in a country that respects those rights and where people of different backgrounds, cultures and faiths live alongside each other in peace.
We criticise anyone violating human rights, no matter what side they’re on.
Do you provide emergency relief?
The Syria Campaign does not directly provide emergency relief to individuals.
As a campaigning organisation we have run campaigns to unlock more government aid, improve access to food and medicine and create momentum for an effective peace process.
There are many excellent organisations working on the ground in Syria who do provide emergency relief to people in need.
How can I get in contact with The Syria Campaign?
For media enquiries please email [email protected] or call +1 646 309 6509 (New York) or +961 78844592 (Beirut).
For all other enquiries please email [email protected]. We read every email we receive. While we try to respond to every contact it is not always possible. Our tiny team is hard at work putting together campaigns.
Who is on the team?
The Syria Campaign is supported by a small team of four campaigners:
Anna Nolan – Project Director
Anna Nolan is a Belfast born campaigner with a background in mobilizing around issues of economic inequality and some of the things that can make it better: public services, taxation and regulation. Anna previously worked taking photographs and making art.
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James Sadri – Campaign Director
James Sadri is a campaigner and organiser with a background in the Middle East and a passion for global justice. Based in Beirut, James most recent role was the Head of Mobilisation at Greenpeace UK. James previously spent two years living in Yarmouk camp and other parts of Damascus learning Arabic and working on a BBC documentary series called “Syrian School”.
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Bissan Fakih – Senior Campaigner
Bissan is a Beirut-based campaigner involved in efforts to shape the world’s response to events in Syria since the first months of the uprising. Bissan has worked with citizen journalists to break stories from behind the media blackout, documented human rights atrocities and campaigned against forced disappearances and to improve the conditions in Syrian detention centres. Bissan coordinated cross-border aid to field hospitals and internally displaced civilians across Syria.
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Hania Mourtada – Communications Officer
Hania Mourtada is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker from Damascus. She holds a joint MA in Journalism and Middle Eastern Studies from New York University and has written for The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Time magazine, Critical Muslim and other publications. She is passionate about the kind of storytelling that allows people to tell their life stories on their own terms.
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We occasionally have vacancies for people to join our team. Please have a look at our jobs page if you’re interested.