Russia, China and the Arab League are asking the world to give the Syrian dictator time to reform, but to do so would mean more civilian deaths and allowing the Assad regime to continue its crimes against humanity.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 19, 2011
On Monday, the Syrian American Council (SAC) called for urgent international action to stop the Assad regime’s violent crackdown on civilians after at least 25 unarmed protesters were killed at separate rallies across Syria.
In the two weeks since Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have held the Assad regime accountable for its crimes, the regime has escalated its military campaign against the Syrian people who are demanding freedom and democracy.
The Assad regime has been using heavy military equipment including tanks, artillery, and armored vehicles to attack civilians in Homs, Douma and other cities in violation of international law. According to media reports, regime forces committed a new massacre today in Homs, where more than 25 people were killed by the Syrian regime forces shelling civilian areas.
In a statement, SAC President Talal Sunbulli said:
“The Assad regime is not capable of reform, as the whole world has seen during the past seven months. Russia, China and the Arab League are asking the world to give the Syrian dictator time to reform, but to do so would mean more civilian deaths and allowing the Assad regime to continue its crimes against humanity.
“We urge the Obama administration, the European Union and the Arab League to take immediate steps to stop the killing of civilians by the Syrian regime. We urge the world community to use all means to protect Syrian civilians who are only seeking freedom, safety and dignity.
“The Assad regime must be held accountable for its crimes against humanity. Bashar Assad and the heads of his security apparatus must be referred to the International Criminal Court immediately.”
The Syrian American Council (SAC) was founded in 2005 to mobilize Syrian Americans to strengthen civil society in Syria, to promote friendly relations between the Syrian and American peoples, to engage civic and governmental organizations to advance civil liberties, human dignity and democracy in Syria. The organization has represented Syrian Americans to the U.S. State Department, Congress, and in international meetings and councils.
Contact: SAC PR Chair Hussam Ayloush, hayloush(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (951) 444-8344;
or SAC Board Member Khalid Saleh, ksaleh(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (832) 423-0607.