On Wednesday, the Obama Administration announced a list of top Syrian officials targeted with sanctions for human rights violations, including President Bashar al-Assad. The Executive Order signed by President Obama today mentions the repressive and violent actions by the Syrian government on the people. The Order also lists Syrian Vice President Farouk Al-Shara, Prime Minister Adel Safar, and other top government officials. Obama expanded the scope of previous sanctions to include senior officials and companies associated with the government and officials.
Acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen said:
‘The actions the Administration has taken today send an unequivocal message to President Assad, the Syrian leadership, and regime insiders that they will be held accountable for the ongoing violence and repression in Syria.
President al-Assad and his regime must immediately end the use of violence, answer the calls of the Syrian people for a more representative government, and embark upon the path of meaningful democratic reform.’
The text of the Executive Order can be read here.
The letter sent from President Obama to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate President Harry Reid (D-NV) can be read here.
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