SETF Request to Enhance Pressure in Syria



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May 26, 2011

To: the Honorable G8 members:


Honorable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada;

Honorable Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Paraliment, European Union;

Honorable Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic;

Honorable Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Honorable Silvio Berlusconi, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic; 

Honorable Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan;

Honorable Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation;

Honorable David Cameron, Prime Minister of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States of America;


From: Syrian Emergency Task Force


The “Arab Spring” that has erupted causing Arabs throughout the Middle East and North Africa to go out to the streets and express their freedom of speech for the first time in many decades.

The situation in Syria is much different than countries experiencing the “Arab Spring”. Unlike Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, where military officers and diplomats quickly defected their post, President Bashar Al-Assad continues to have a tight hold on military generals and diplomats throughout the world who are silent on Assad’s Regime of killing, torturing, raping, kidnapping, and injuring their own people.

The Syrian Emergency Task Force applauds the International Community for condemning Al-Assad and his top cabinet members by applying economic sanction and travel bans on individuals rather than the whole Syrian people.

Sadly, the killing is still being committed in Syria. We urge the G8 countries to do more than sanctions and freezing assets.  The Syrian Emergency Task does not want any military action or military boots in Syria, like in Libya, but we are asking for you to find ways to starve the cancer of the Syrian society who are committing violations of International Law.

Even though there is not doubt President Assad is personal involved and the mastermind behind these horrendous acts, we know without a doubt there are others who are committing war crimes left and right against their own people. We ask the G8 members to go after everyone who is responsible for killing Syrians no matter what sect or religion they are.

We sincerely appreciate the steps that were taken in Syria; however, a more aggressive approach against Bashar Al-Assad and his regime needs to be taken.

Thank you,

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