U.S. Syria representative Jeffrey: Assad regime must be held accountable

WASHINGTON — U.S. Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey, on Sunday met with Syrian activists and representatives of Syrian NGOs. Jeffrey declared that the U.S. fully supports efforts to achieve justice and accountability for victims of human rights violations and war crimes by the Assad regime in Syria.

“The international community must come together to demand justice and support accountability efforts in Syria since it is an integral part of protecting human rights in accordance with Security Council Resolution No.2254 (UNSCR 2254),” Jeffrey said.

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo commented via Twitter on the 9th anniversary of the Syrian revolution saying: “The Syrian people started peaceful demonstrations against the Assad regime, nine years ago, demanding their rights and dignity,” confirming that the Syrian people deserve to live in peace and far from bombings, air strikes, imprisonment, torture and hunger.

In 2019, the U.S. Senate approved the Pentagon’s budget of USD 738 billion which included a mandate to impose broad sanctions on Syria, Iran and Russia for war crimes committed in Syria. The sanctions were imposed after approval of the “Caesar Law” named after the former Syrian army photographer who defected to the US with plenty of photographic evidence of human rights violations and killings by the Syrian intelligence services and army.