SAC Commends US Senators’ Call to Refer Assad Regime to ICC

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The Syrian American Council (SAC) commends an initiative by four U.S. senators to support the Syrian people by urging the United Nations to refer credible charges of crimes against humanity committed by Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

...condemning reports of “murder, enforced disappearances, summary executions, torture, deprivation of liberty, and persecution” that were determined during an investigative mission...

The Syrian American Council (SAC) commends an initiative by four U.S. senators to support the Syrian people by urging the United Nations to refer credible charges of crimes against humanity committed by Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Late Tuesday, U.S. Senators Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) sent a letter to Washington’s U.N. envoy Susan Rice calling for continued U.S. pressure on the Syrian regime, particularly in as “government-led violence against peaceful protestors continues to escalate.”

The senators urged Ambassador Rice to push the U.N. Security Council to further investigate the condemning reports of “murder, enforced disappearances, summary executions, torture, deprivation of liberty, and persecution” that were determined during an investigative mission by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in August. The letter to Ambassador Rice called for credible allegations of crimes against humanity to be referred to the ICC.

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According to the U.N.’s latest estimates, more than 3,000 people, including nearly 200 children, have been killed since mid-March in the crackdown by Assad and his regime against peaceful protesters who are demanding their rights to freedom and democracy. On October 4, an attempt to censure the Syrian regime’s violence towards Syrian civilians via a U.N. Security Council resolution was thwarted when Russia and China, both permanent members of the U.N. body, vetoed the resolution draft.

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“We thank Senators Durbin, Cardin, Menendez, and Boxer for standing in solidarity with the Syrian people’s aspirations for freedom and justice,” said SAC President Dr. Talal Sunbulli. “Every day for over seven months, men, women and children are detained, tortured and killed. Bringing the regime responsible for these atrocities to justice is a crucial step toward true freedom for Syria.”

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 Board Member Hussam Ayloush, hayloush(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (951) 444-8344;
or SAC Board Member Khalid Saleh, ksaleh(at)sacouncil(dot)com, (832) 423-0607.

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