Syrian organisations object to pro-Assad conference

UK-based Syrian organisations, including RR, have expressed their concern about the emergence of a new group, ‘The European Centre for the Study of Extremism, Cambridge’, which appears to exist primarily to spread propaganda for the Assad dictatorship. This group will hold a conference on Syria at an undisclosed location in Westminster and the majority of the speakers advertised in the promotional materials hold pro-regime views, several have direct links to the regime and its allies. The Syrian groups have issued a statement that called on those involved with the groups who do not share the objectives of this conference to publicly distance themselves from it and called the University of Cambridge to publicly make clear its relationship, whatever it might be, with Makram Khoury-Machool and ‘EuroCSE’.