Rubio, Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act The Syrian civil war has lasted for six years and hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed, many at the hands of dictator Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Millions more have fled the country..
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Bob Corker (R-TN), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act, which would instruct the U.S. secretary of state to report on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Syria, and authorize assistance for investigations and other credible transitional justice efforts, including a potential hybrid tribunal, to hold Assad and his regime accountable for their heinous acts.
The Syrian civil war has lasted for six years and hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed, many at the hands of dictator Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Millions more have fled the country as refugees.
“For more than six years, Bashar al-Assad has been committing horrific war crimes against the Syrian people, including women and children. This bill is a first step towards ensuring accountability for the human rights violations inflicted against innocent civilians in Syria,” said Rubio, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on human rights. “We must bring to justice those responsible for the Syrian regime’s barbaric attacks and repeated use of chemical weapons.
“The United States must lead the international community in holding Assad accountable for his war crimes and his brutal victimization of the Syrian people over the last six years,” said Cardin, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “This bill will bolster America’s commitment to ensuring that justice is ultimately served for the impunity with which Assad and his regime have committed crimes against humanity, most recently evidenced by this week’s barbaric use of chemical weapons against innocent men, women and children.”
"Time and again Bashar al-Assad has demonstrated that he is a brutal dictator with no regard for human life,” said Shaheen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the subcommittee on human rights. “This bill is an important step to ensure that Assad and his allies are held accountable for their acts of barbarism. Over the last six years, Assad has committed crimes against humanity, torturing and killing women, children, and families. The people of Syria deserve justice.”
"Bashar al-Assad continues to demonstrate that he is a brutal dictator who belongs behind bars," said Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "The U.S. should contribute to a legitimate process that will pursue accountability for Assad and all those guilty of war crimes in Syria.”
“Bashar al-Assad is a ruthless dictator who has no regard for human life, and no remorse for the horrific attacks he continues to perpetrate against his own citizens. Given the gravity of the deteriorating situation in Syria, the United States needs to play a leading role in a coordinated international response that comes with a clearly articulated strategy that our partners in the Middle East and around the world can support,” said Menendez, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “This bipartisan legislation is another step forward to produce that well-crafted strategy that serves American