Caesar Act Becomes Law, War Criminals in Syria to be Held Accountable

Caesar Act Becomes Law, War Criminals in Syria to be Held Accountable

Enforcement of the bipartisan Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act will be urgently tested in Idlib, where civilians are under constant and escalating violence

WASHINGTON D.C., December 20, 2019 – As Russia and the Assad regime bombard innocent civilians in Idlib, Syria, President Trump today signed into law the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (S. 52/H.R. 31), as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will sanction Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies. Syrian American organizations applaud this signing and look to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to impose these sanctions, ultimately holding perpetrators of atrocities in Syria accountable at long last.

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Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act Passes US House and Senate

Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act Passes US House and Senate 

The bipartisan bill, which imposes sanctions on Bashar al-Assad and allies, must be signed by the president

WASHINGTON D.C., December 17, 2019 – The United States Senate today passed the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act (S. 52), included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), after being passed by the House of Representatives (H.R. 31) on December 11. The bipartisan legislation would hold Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies accountable for war crimes against civilians in Syria. The Syrian American Council extends its gratitude to the members of U.S. Congress for moving this long-awaited bill forward and urges President Trump to quickly sign the bill into law.

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Syrian American Council Calls on Syrian Opposition to Abandon Failed Astana Talks

Syrian American Council Calls on Syrian Opposition to Abandon Failed Astana Talks 

Russian-led talks lack credibility and force opposition to validate murder of Syrians

WASHINGTON D.C., DECEMBER 9, 2019 – The Syrian American Council calls on the Syrian opposition to abandon the failed Astana talks, which were created and continue to be led by Russia, one of the main perpetrators in the slaughter of Syrian civilians. The opposition should not be manipulated into giving cover and credence to Assad’s Russian- and Iranian-backed genocide by participating in the Astana talks.

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Deadly Attack on IDP Camp in Northwest Syria Reconfirms Need for Safe Zone

Deadly Attack on IDP Camp in Northwest Syria Reconfirms Need for Safe Zone

Syrian American Council calls for an end to the violence and immediate political transition

WASHINGTON D.C., NOVEMBER 21, 2019 – In a horrific act of violence Wednesday night, two ballistic missiles carrying cluster munitions were launched at the crowded al-Qah camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northwest Syria, near the Turkish border. The missiles are believed to have originated from an Iranian militia base outside of Aleppo city.

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Hundreds of Attacks Carried Out in Week-long Escalation in Northwest Syria

Hundreds of Attacks Carried Out in Week-long Escalation in Northwest Syria

Syrian American Council calls for a no-fly zone, increased humanitarian aid, and funding to strengthen civil society amidst intensified bombing

WASHINGTON D.C., NOVEMBER 8, 2019 – Russia and the Assad regime have increased the intensity of attacks in northwest Syria over the past week, bombing dozens of towns in Idlib, Aleppo, and Hama, carrying out a total of 162 attacks from October 30 – November 6, as documented by the Syrian Network for Human Rights. These attacks targeted medical centers, first responders, bakeries, schools, and civilian homes, constituting war crimes and crimes against humanity. On Tuesday, a Russian airstrike on a home in Dar al-Kabira village, Idlib, killed three young siblings – Israa, Baraa, and Hakem – and injured their mother.

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In Wake of Baghdadi Death, US Government Must Focus on Root of Terrorism in Syria

WASHINGTON D.C., OCTOBER 28, 2019 – The Syrian American Council is grateful to the U.S. Special Forces whose brave actions Saturday have rid the world of ISIS terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, an important milestone that will require further action and oversight. Following this historic event, the Syrian American Council calls for the U.S. government to focus on the root cause of extremism in Syria – Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies.

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The Syrian American Council Calls for Focus on Civilian Protection in Northern Syria

WASHINGTON D.C., OCTOBER 10, 2019 – The Syrian American Council continues to call for and supports efforts to establish a safe zone in northern Syria with the goal of protecting Syrian civilians, including Syrian Arabs, Assyrians, Druze, and Kurds, who are a part of Syria’s multicultural makeup and must not be conflated with the PKK, a designated terrorist organization responsible for ethnic cleansing, targeting of Kurdish and Arab dissidents, and abuse against locals.

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One Million Displaced in Idlib, Syria: New Refugee Crisis Imminent as Assad Regime Makes Advances

One Million Displaced in Idlib, Syria: New Refugee Crisis Imminent as Assad Regime Makes Advances

Syrian American Council calls on administration to ground air force, impose sanctions and designate terrorist organizations

WASHINGTON D.C., August 26, 2019 – Last week, the Assad regime and its allies took control of the town of Khan Sheikhoun in southern Idlib province in a brutal offensive. With at least three million civilians currently residing in Idlib, including more than one million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have already fled violence elsewhere, the regime’s gains threaten to send a new wave of refugees across the border.

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DHS Approves 18-Month Extension for Syria Temporary Protected Status

DHS Approves 18-Month Extension for Syria Temporary Protected Status

Decision Follows Sustained Advocacy by Syrian American Organizations with Congress and Trump Administration

(Washington, D.C. - August 1, 2019) Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its decision to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians for 18 months. This decision allows for around 7,000 Syrians residing in the United States to remain on TPS, and follows sustained advocacy efforts by a coalition of Syrian American organizations and TPS holders across the country engaging with Congress, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the public. 

“As Syrian American organizations, we are reassured by the Administration’s decision to extend TPS, which will allow Syrians to remain safely in the United States. The threat to civilians living in Syriaand those returning is still very real, and we appreciate the Administration listened to our concerns and those of Members of Congress who advocated for Syria TPS. The State Department issued a travel advisory in April of this year stating plainly:  ‘No part of Syria is safe from violence.’ Until that changes, no Syrian should be forced back to a war zone.”

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46 Orgs Join Syria TPS Coalition Letter

The Syrian American Council joined in a letter from 46 human rights, immigration, advocacy, and humanitarian organizations in calling for the extension and re-designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria. 
 
Nearly 7,000 Syrians currently live in the United States under TPS. With TPS for Syria set to expire on September 30, 7,000 lives face an uncertain future. We cannot let this happen. The Syrian American Council stands with this coalition of organizations, our community, and Syrian TPS holders in urging the U.S. government to extend and re-designate TPS for Syria.

Read the Letter Here