Calls to lift sanctions on the Syrian regime are misguided at best and malicious at worst.
Targeted Sanctions were established to limit Assad’s ability to finance his killing machine. The suffering of the Syrian people is not due to sanctions; it is because Assad, Russia, and Iran have spent over a decade committing the worst atrocities known to humanity against civilians
Dr. Mahmoud Barazi, president of ACS
ACS represents 10 Syrian American and Syria-focused organizations that care deeply about the Syrian people. The ACS has many family members and friends in Turkiye and Syria who have been displaced, injured, or killed in the last 48 hours. ACS urges those seeking to be true allies of the Syrian people to direct support to the localities in northern Syria that are conducting round-the-clock recovery efforts. Heroic groups such as the Syrian Civil Defence organization known as the White Helmets are digging victims out despite being targeted by Assad and Russia throughout the conflict.
Calling for the lifting of sanctions on a regime that is the primary culprit for the destruction of Syria is an insult to its victims and will not make a difference in the lives of the people who urgently need international support today.