Lift the International Sanctions on Syria

A Humanitarian Appeal from the Patriarchs of Syria to the International Conscience and the Concerned Countries

 

Lift the International Sanctions on Syria

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Lift the International Sanctions on Syria

On the 23rd of August, the three Patriarchs of Syria, Gregorius III Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch, Ignatius Aphrem II Syriac Orthodox Patriarch and John X Greek Orthodox Patriarch, released a common appeal asking the international community to stop the international sanctions on Syria.

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, in 2011, the economic and financial sanctions increased the impact on the daily lives of Syrian citizens, a huge burden which actually deepened the suffering of the Syrian people.

The sanctions represent another aspect of the crisis and have resulted in more pressure on individuals, institutions, companies, and consequently on the entire people.

The absence of new investment, a ban on international flights to Syria, a significant reduction in exports, and the blacklisting of some Syrian companies are all economic measures which have increased the isolation of Syria from the international community.

The closing of embassies and the withdrawal of their employees limit diplomatic relations and the foreign interaction of Syria with other countries.

Moreover, the ban on international banking transactions with Syria puts the people in financial difficulty, impoverishing citizens and depriving them of their human dignity.

And, as the local currency loses its value, the basic goods prices increase, impacting the whole of everyday life.

Although the main goals of imposing these sanctions are political, nevertheless, they touch the life of the entire Syrian people, especially the poor and working class who struggle to find food and medicines.

Despite this crisis, however, the Syrian people resolutely face this crisis, even as the social situation gets worse and worse, and even though the poverty and suffering of the Syrian people have only increased. The international community must stop the sanctions, before the death of a nation occurs.

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Lift the International Sanctions on Syria

Mr. Barack H. Obama, President of the United Stated of America

Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the Commission of the European Union

We join the appeal of the three Patriarchs of Syria demanding the lifting of the economic sanctions imposed on the Syrian people who remain attached to their homeland and to the civilizations that exist for thousands of years. 

This appeal comes as an invitation to take extraordinary measures, brave, wise and responsible decisions with a humanitarian dimension based on the Human Rights Charter and other International Covenants, mainly to lift the economic sanctions on Syria.

This will meet the aspirations of the citizens who seek to improve their living conditions. It will strengthen their attachment to the land, limit the exploitation of the misery of the Syrian people by groups who do not want the common good of the country.

It will also facilitate the work of our ecclesial and humanitarian organizations in conferring humanitarian aid and delivering medicine and medical equipment to those who need it throughout Syria.

Therefore, we ask Their Excellencies to lead the international community to respond to the humanitarian appeal of the Syrians: “Stop the siege on the Syrian People! Lift the International Sanctions on Syria and allow this people to live in dignity which is a basic right to all the peoples of the world”.

Cordialmente

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