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CSI Christian Solidarity International | CSI Joins Broad-Based, International Appeal to President Biden to End Collective Punishment of Syria’s Civilians

ZURICH – Today, over 90 senior management figures worldwide referred to as on U.S. President Joe Biden to carry these financial sanctions that kill, displace, impoverish and in any other case hurt the civilian inhabitants of Syria, as referred to as for by the UN Special Rapporteur for Unilateral Coercive Measures, Prof. Alena Douhan.

The UN Special Rapporteur declared in an announcement printed on December 29 that unilateral U.S. financial coercive measures “violate the human rights of the Syrian people” and “exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation in Syria, especially in the course of COVID-19 pandemic,” by blocking the help, commerce and funding mandatory for Syria’s well being system and economic system to perform and get well after ten years of brutal battle.



The signatories to the Open Letter said that “this form of collective punishment of the civilian population is driving Syria into an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.” Among the signatories are Christian leaders, former diplomats and troopers, humanitarian support and human rights activists, and legislators.

Nine Syrian church leaders signed the letter, together with the Patriarchs of the Syriac Orthodox, Syriac Catholic, and the Melkite Greek Catholic Churches, the President of the Armenian Evangelical Church of Syria and the Pastor of the Arab Presbyterian Church of Aleppo.

After the Syrian battle started in 2011, the U.S. imposed broad financial sector sanctions as an instrument for regime change. Before the struggle, Syria was the one nation within the Middle East that was self-sufficient in meals manufacturing. The UN World Food Program now states that Syria is getting ready to mass hunger.

Although the preventing has now ceased in a lot of the nation, over the previous yr, the U.S. and its allies have ratcheted up the sanctions on Syria, sending its foreign money right into a tailspin and pushing hundreds of thousands of Syrians into poverty.

Sanctions on Syria make it extraordinarily tough to import the drugs and medical tools essential to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and different sicknesses and circumstances, similar to most cancers, kidney failures, and schizophrenia. “Millions of hard-pressed Syrians will go to bed hungry and cold tonight,” the signatories reminded President Biden.

The Open Letter calls on the brand new U.S. President “to help Syrians to alleviate a humanitarian crisis that threatens to trigger a new wave of instability in the Middle East and beyond by implementing the UN Special Rapporteur’s recommendation.”

CSI’s International President, Dr. John Eibner – one of many signatories – said that the “all of the actors struggling for power and influence, and the various weapons they use, have contributed to the suffering of the Syrian people over the past ten years.”

“But today there is growing awareness,” Eibner continued, “that these sanctions are a disproportionate use of economic force and a form of collective punishment of innocent civilians, which harms the weakest, most vulnerable members of society more than those in power.”

The Open Letter concludes, “We believe that the legitimate national interests of the United States can be pursued without collectively punishing the people of Syria by means of economic sanctions.”

Similar appeals are being despatched at the moment by the signatories of this Open Letter, and others, to the leaders of different states, amongst them the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Switzerland. All of those states have joined within the U.S.-led sanctions marketing campaign towards Syria, regardless of its lack of UN Security Council authorization.

CONTACT: Joel Veldkamp

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