AHRC thanks our friends and supporters who made "Refugees: Universal Crisis, Shared Humanitarian Responsibility" Dinner Reception a great success:
In a spirit full of hope and determination over 500 guests including local, county, state, federal elected officials; leaders of community civic organizations and institutions joined the American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) in its first educational and awareness dinner reception that was held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6 p.m. The topic was world's refugee crisis and its impact on America and the rest of the world. The reception was held at the Greenfield Manor Banquet Hall located in Dearborn, Michigan and featured an international speaker, a Syrian from Jordan, Dr. Nahed Ghazzoul, an assistant professor at Al- Zaytoonah University in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Ghazzoul is an internationally-recognized authority on the Syrian refugees.
Dr. Ghazzoul's presentation shed light on the major issues facing refugees in host countries including her own experience as a Syrian, despite the fact she is not a "refugee". Dr. Ghazzoul's ended her talk by thanking the audience for their warm welcome and support of the cause of human rights.
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) also hosted Dr. Wassel Sbeiti, a special guest of honor from Lebanon. Dr. Sbeiti was recognized for his tireless work and dedication helping the poor and the needy especially Palestinian and Syrian refugees. Dr. Sbeiti is a professor of Neurosurgery at the Lebanese University Health Department with over 14 years of postgraduate experience and a record of 42 scientific publications and works. Dr. Sbeiti has been a member of the Lebanese Neurology and Neurosurgery Association since 1997.
Dr. Hany Saqr, CEO of Life for Relief & Development (LIFE) highlighted LIFE's ongoing relief efforts providing aid to refugees across the globe, to the victims of natural disasters in the US well as to the victims of Burma's genocide.
The program was emceed by Atty. Isaac Robinson, AHRC 's Executive Board Member. Artist and Singer Yasmeen Suri performed the National Anthem, remarks were made by Dearborn Police Department Chief Ronald Haddad, on behalf of Mayor O'Reilly. Rev. Rani Abdelmaseeh, Mother of Savior Church, Ms. Callie Bruley, representing Congresswoman D. Dingell and Brenda Jones, President of City Council of the City of Detroit and Imam Hammoud of the American Muslim Society also delivered remarks.
The AHRC Forum on Refugees served as an important opportunity to take a deep look at and develop a solid grasp of one of the most important issues facing the world today. The American Human rights council (AHRC-USA) warmly appreciates all the elected officials who joined the event and presented certificates and tributes of appreciation to its two international guests particularly Mayor J. O'Reilly who presented the Key of the City and President of Detroit City Council, Brenda Jones who presented them with the Spirit of Detroit Award and the city's special pin.
Special thanks to all elected officials who joined the event including Wayne County Sherriff, Benny Napoleon and those who presented certificates of recognition and tributes of appreciation among them Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, US Senator Gary Peters , State Rep. Mary c. Robinson, State, State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, State Representative Jewell Jones, Karen Majewski, Mayor of Hamtramck, Daniel Paletko, Mayor of Dearborn Heights, Warren Evans, WC Executive, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence and Stacy Bazman, Mayor city of Melvindale.
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) extends its sincere appreciation to all the reception's supporters especially Life for Relief & Development for being the event's signature sponsor. Without LIFE this special educational event would not have been possible.
AHRC appreciates all the guests who attended this special occasion on behalf of humanity. The Spirit of humanity was strongly present at this event and reflected itself with the warm expressions of support to AHRC and its mission on behalf of human rights in the US and abroad.
"We thank our guests, our supporters and all the attendees for their contributions to the success of AHRC," said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. "AHRC will continue to promote human rights by holding education events to raise awareness of the most pressing human rights crises of our time," added Hamad.