It's Not Only About Chemical Weapons: International Attorney Calls to Hold Syria Accountable for Alleged Crimes Against Humanity and Other Acts of Terrorism

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A public call for action has been made by international human rights attorney, Richard D. Heideman, for the world to stand up against crimes committed by the Syrian Arab Republic and the regime of Bashar al-Assad, currently under investigation.

The people of Syria need and deserve protection, not only on humanitarian grounds but in pursuit of justice.

Richard D. Heideman, Senior Counsel, Heideman Nudelman & Kalik, PC, states that since 1979, the US Department of State has listed Syria as a State Sponsor of Terror. "The regime has sponsored and provided material support for terrorist attacks across the globe, brutally targeting Europeans, Americans and Israelis." According to US Federal Court Judgments on behalf of American Victims of Syrian Terror, Syria sponsored the brutal Abu Nidal Organization and continues to provide material support for terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others.

Expanding on statements made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in regards to Syria, Heideman says that "Two years of attacks against the Syrian people by the al-Assad Syrian regime has reportedly created two million refugees, internally displaced nearly five million more, killed more than one hundred thousand people and been allegedly responsible for the use of chemical weapons which have caused more than one thousand deaths, including children.”

Although international efforts are underway to assure that Syria turns over her chemical weapons, Heideman says, "It's not only about chemical weapons. Assad and the Syrian Regime must be held accountable for, and prevented from continuing, the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against the Syrian people, who deserve and need protection, justice and freedom. The time for action is now." Heideman calls for convening prosecution by The International Criminal Court against the Syrian Regime. "Failing to provide the protection required for the Syrian people is itself a travesty of justice and makes a mockery of international law.”

Watch tonight's interview on CBS affiliate WUSA 9 News in Washington, DC where Heideman calls to hold the Syrian President accountable in international law on behalf of the victims. And in an earlier interview broadcast in Jerusalem on Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA) English News, Heideman expanded on his position that “It is unacceptable that Syria continues to enjoy immunity in the international arena.” Watch video

As the lead counsel on behalf of American victims of Syrian terrorism, Heideman has received on behalf of his clients the highest judgments awarded by US Federal Courts against the Syrian Arab Republic as a state sponsor of terror.

A former President of B’nai B’rith International and head of delegation to the United Nations Conference on Racism held in Durban, South Africa, Heideman is the author of the recently published The Hague Odyssey: Israel’s Struggle on the Front Lines of Terrorism and Battle for Justice at the United Nations. Heideman, a noted speaker and advocate, is available for commentary and has recently been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com) and The Times of Israel.

Learn more and watch interviews and speeches at http://www.thehagueodyssey.com/media

For additional information and interview opportunities, please contact:

Ariana Heideman
ariana(at)starburstcommunications(dot)com
USA +1.202.670.6723

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