For Immediate Release
October 16, 2011
Council of United Syrian Americans Presses the Arab League to Suspend Syria
NEW YORK – An emergency discussion of suspending Syrian’s status in the Arab League was held early this morning. While this will not have a direct affect on Syria’s brutality towards its people, it will still deliver a substantial blow to Assad regime and cause further isolation towards his unethical practices.
Assad has not shown any respite for the 7 month uprising and continues to crack-down on anti government forces. “This Sunday has been difficult for the protestors,” said Hamdi Rifai, Chair of CUSA, “ security forces opened fire on the funeral of slain activist Ziad al-Obeidi, raided homes in Damascus and arrested more than 900 people in Homs this past week. This type of silencing and complete disregard for human dignity has become common place in Syria.”
According to the UN, since March, Syrian security forces have killed more than 3,000 people, including at least 187 children, while arresting, detaining, forcibly disappearing, and torturing thousands more.
The SCC asks that the Arab League mandate that all its members withdraw their ambassadors from Syria to put pressure on Assad stop the bloodshed and crackdown on protestors.