Christian Solidarity International joined over 90 senior leadership figures worldwide, asking President Joe Biden to lift those economic sanctions that kill, displace, impoverish and harm the civilian population of Syria, as called for by the UN Special Rapporteur for Unilateral Coercive Measures, Prof. Alena Douhan.
Rapporteur said in a statement published on Dec. 29 that unilateral U.S. economic coercive measures “violate the human rights of the Syrian people” and “exacerbate the already dire humanitarian situation in Syria, especially in the course of COVID-19 pandemic,” by blocking the aid, trade and investment necessary for Syria’s health system and economy to function and recover after ten years of brutal conflict.
Christian Solidarity International President Dr. John Eibner and other signatories to the Open Letter stated that “this form of collective punishment of the civilian population is driving Syria into an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.” Among the signatories are Christian leaders, former diplomats and soldiers, humanitarian aid and human rights activists, and legislators.
The Open Letter concluded, “We believe that the legitimate national interests of the United States can be pursued without collectively punishing the people of Syria by means of economic sanctions.”
Similar appeals are being sent by the signatories of this Open Letter, and others, to other states’ leaders, among them the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Switzerland.
–CNJ staff reports