Trump Administration Confirms Support for Syria Sanctions Legislation Currently Under Senate Negotiation

“We Support the Caesar Act” Ambassador James Jeffrey States in House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Hearing

November 29, 2018

Washington, DC — Americans for a Free Syria (AFS) hailed the statement of support for H.R. 1677, the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, by Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey today at a House Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa hearing. The bipartisan legislation, which would sanction the Assad regime and its backers for human rights atrocities, has passed the House twice and is under debate in the Senate.

“The Trump Administration understands that Bashar al-Assad’s forced starvation campaigns, relentless barrel bombs and regular chemical attacks on civilians—all with the support of Russia and Iran—must not continue, nor go unpunished,” said Jameson Cunningham, spokesperson for AFS. “The Assad regime must be starved of the funds necessary to carry out further horrors on the Syrian people.

“The House is in support. The White House is in support. Now, we urge Sen. Mitch McConnell and the entire Senate leadership to act—come together and work out a legislative solution to get this passed before Congress leaves for the session. Don’t let this legislation fail and allow Assad and his allies to claim victory.”

Click here to learn more about H.R. 1677 and how it would prevent future human rights abuses and war crimes by the Assad regime.

Americans for a Free Syria (AFS) is a non-partisan, non-profit that advocates for human rights, the rule of law and U.S. national security interests in Syria.


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