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USA Caesar Act sanctions target Assad’s eldest son

PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:40 pm
Author: Anthea
The Caesar Act means a disaster

In the run-up to the tightening of sanctions against Syria through the so-called Caesar Act of the USA, inflation in Syria is exploding

The Caesar Act means a massive tightening of sanctions against the Syrian regime and makes a reconstruction of the country de facto impossible. The sanctions are not only directed against those responsible for torture and regime officials, but against all those who, in whatever form, "support" the government in Damascus. Thus, not only Iran and Russia are in the focus of the sanctions, but also any establishment that accepts orders for any form of reconstruction.

In a statement published on Sunday, the "Movement for a Democratic Society" (TEV-DEM) held the Syrian government responsible for the sanctions and said: "The sanctions against Syria and its people, known as the Caesar Act, will soon come into force.

The international community has so far failed to present a solution to the Syrian crisis. For this reason, Syrian society has for years been experiencing the pain resulting from attacks based on denominationalism, ethnic discrimination and occupation ambitions.

The Syrian regime is evading inter-Syrian dialogue, while this is indeed its responsibility and a prerequisite for a solution. The regime is therefore responsible for exacerbating the social and economic crisis in the country. In order to mitigate the effects of this crisis, it must seek a solution and alternatives".

TEV-DEM appealed to the government in Damascus to engage in a dialogue with all parts of the population and to exert pressure on the international community to avert the sanctions. According to the TEV-DEM statement, the sanctions will primarily affect the population: "They represent another disaster in the Syrian crisis.

The country's economic infrastructure has collapsed anyway and daily living requirements are only being met with great difficulty. Another disintegration is sacrificing the peoples of Syria to the interests of states like Turkey, which wants to occupy the country".

TEV-DEM called the Caesar Act an economic war, which also aims to force the peoples of North and East Syria to surrender. Speaking of a highly immoral policy that seeks to drive the population into hunger.

“The sanctions will mean a severe blow to the markets As a result, the supply of food and medical needs will deteriorate. In this way the Coronavirus pandemic will also spread in society. All this shows that an economic war is being waged against us and our free will."

The statement pointed out that not only the Syrian government but also the international community would be responsible for the effects of the sanctions: "As TEV-DEM, we see the United Nations, which is closing its eyes to the effects, as responsible. Along with this, the US-led international coalition against the ISIS, Russia and the Syrian government are also responsible.

We appeal to the international community to stop the sanctions and to fulfil their ethical responsibility.”

Re: USA Caesar Act means a disaster for ALL of Syria

PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:28 am
Author: Anthea
US sanctions target Assad’s eldest son

The US enacted fresh sanctions on the Syrian regime Wednesday, targeting 14 individuals and entities, including the eldest son of President Bashar al-Assad

The US-imposed Caesar Act took effect in mid-June, installing sanctions against Syrian regime’s top officials - including Assad and his wife - and regime-linked entities.

The sustained campaign of economic and political pressure is aimed at denying the Assad regime the revenue and support it has used to commit crimes against the Syrian people. However, many argue it has exacerbated the economic hardships ordinary Syrian civilians are already facing.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Wednesday that they have sanctioned a list of 14 individuals and entities. The list includes Assad’s eldest son, Hafez, who was born in 2001.

“Today, the State Department and Treasury Department continued the United States’ sanctions campaign against the Assad regime by releasing 14 new designations under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act and other authorities,” read the statement.

“We have named today’s tranche of designations the Hama and Maarat Al-Numan sanctions. These names are meant to memorialize the victims of two of the Assad regime’s most notorious atrocities, both of which occurred in this week in 2011 and 2019,” it said, adding that both incidents took the lives of hundreds of Syrians.

The US deputy assistant secretary of state, Joel Rayburn, told the Guardian that Assad’s teenage son was targeted, because “there has been a trend of senior Syrian regime actors and business people who have been active in the regime to do business through their adult family members to evade sanctions.”

“It seems very clear that the immediate family of Bashar al-Assad and their in-laws are attempting to consolidate economic power inside Syria so that they could use this to further consolidate political power,” he added.

The Syrian foreign ministry slammed the implementation of the first batch of the sanctions last month, claiming it violates international law and norms.

“The US administration talking about human rights in Syria exceeds the ugliest forms of lies and hypocrisy as embodied in its policy of supporting terrorism that shed the blood of the Syrians and destroyed their achievements,” it said.

Syria has been embroiled in unrest for much of the last nine years, since peaceful protests against Assad and his government escalated into a multi-sided civil war, involving multiple countries. Presently, the country is largely under the control of three main parties: regime-held areas, Kurdish-held areas and areas controlled by pro-Turkey militants.

The Caesar Act is named after a former Syrian military photographer, who fled the country in 2014 with tens of thousands of images displaying the brutality and torture taking place in Assad regime jails.