Syrian figures urge Britain to impose sanctions on Assad and his wife

Dec 28, 2020

Ten prominent free Syrian political figures have sent a letter to Dominic Raab, the United Kingdom’s First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, urging him to impose sanctions on the regime of Bashar al-Assad, just as the United States did with the “Caesar Act” to protect the civilian population in Syria.
The signatories said in their letter: “We expect the British government, which has demonstrated its commitment to protecting human rights issues and victims, to take the necessary action against the Al-Assad and Agras families, as well as the US government.”

The signatories recalled the US Treasury's actions on December 22 in releasing a number of new names to be sanctioned under the “Caesar Act” legislation in order to prevent them from illegally conspiring to support and finance the Assad regime’s crimes against the Syrian people. Thereby. The list includes Asma al-Agras, her parents and two brothers, all of whom are British citizens.

The letter also recalled the reasons for the US decision; The families of al-Assad and al-Agras have accumulated at the expense of the Syrian people through the domination of complex corrupt networks that extend their wealth to Europe and the Middle East, while the Syrian people continue to suffer in order to obtain their basic needs.

The Syrians are sending a message to the British government and foreign minister about accepting sanctions against the al-Agras family, which has been accused of corruption.

The signatories to the letter include former Syrian Prime Minister Riyadh Hijab and two former chairmen of the Syrian National Council, George Sabra and Abdel Basit Sida, and Louis Safi, former chairman of the Syrian American Council, and former chief negotiator at the Geneva peace talks in Syria, Mohammed Sabra and Zuhair Attasi. Amna Qawlani, former Vice President of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition Coalition, human rights activist and recipient of the US State Department’s Brave Women of the Year Award, Independent Politician and Entrepreneur Adeeb Al-Shishakli, and University Professor Abdul Rahman Al-Hajj.

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