The Assad regime continues to defy all international calls to stop violence against civilians and is now using the Arab League as a cover for more killing.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 07, 2011
The Syrian American Council (SAC) today denounced the escalation of civilian killings by the Assad regime despite its agreement earlier this week with the Arab League to implement an amnesty plan in Syria.
On Wednesday the Syrian regime accepted the Arab League plan, which included removing all tanks and armored vehicles from the streets, halting violence against protesters and releasing political prisoners. However, since accepting the agreement the Assad regime has killed over 55 people, detained over 2,500 people, and continued shelling several cities.
Read: Deaths in Syria as crackdown continues (Aljazeera)
SAC is urging the UN Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to address the Syrian regime’s crimes and to protect civilians demanding for freedom, democracy and dignity. SAC also reminded the Arab league of its responsibility to not allow the Assad regime to use the Arab league as cover to kill more Syrians and delay potential international action.
In a statement, SAC President Dr. Talal Sunbulli said:
“The Assad regime continues to defy all international calls to stop violence against civilians and is now using the Arab League as a cover for more killing. The killing has been escalated during the holy month when Muslims are performing the pilgrimage to Mecca, and people are dying a few days before the Eid celebration, one of the two Muslims holy holidays.
“We urge the international community to act immediately to protect civilians in Syria. The Syrian regime cannot be trusted to keep its word, as again evidenced by its actions over the past two days. We are asking Russia and China to take a responsible position and join the international community in supporting a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the Assad regime, and not to be a partner and protector of the criminal regime.”
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.