New UK sanctions targeting Assad regime sends clear message

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"Today, we are holding six more individuals from the regime to account for their wholesale assault on the very citizens they should be protecting" - Dominic Raab. Picture by Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street.

The UK has announced a fresh round of targeted sanctions on the Assad regime, including close allies of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, to send a clear message that they must be held to account for their crimes.

The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has outlined that the UK will impose travel bans and asset freezes on six members of the regime, including the Foreign Minister, to ensure they do not benefit from the UK in any way.

The new sanctions are the first against the Syrian leadership under the UK’s autonomous sanctions regime, which came into existence following the end of the EU Transition Period, and follow 353 targeted sanctions listings on Syria that are already being implemented.

The individuals are all part of or support the regime, and are responsible for repressing the Syrian people or benefitting from their misery.

After ten years of violence, more than half a million people have died and 11 million people have been displaced from their homes. Vital infrastructure, hospitals and schools are routinely attacked.

The UK is working through the United Nations Security Council to push the regime to engage meaningfully in the UN-led peace process and Constitutional Committee talks in Geneva, release those held in arbitrary detention, and allow unhindered aid access throughout Syria.

At the same time, the UK has been delivering life-saving aid since the beginning of the conflict. Since 2012, across Syria and the region, Britain has provided over 28 million food rations, over 20 million medical consultations, and over 14 million vaccines.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:

The Assad regime has subjected the Syrian people to a decade of brutality for the temerity of demanding peaceful reform.

Today, we are holding six more individuals from the regime to account for their wholesale assault on the very citizens they should be protecting.

The announcement comes on the 10th anniversary of the Syrian uprising. The Assad regime continues to treat Syrians with brutality and violence, including the horrific use of chemical weapons.

Progress on the political process has been blocked by the regime and its backers. The human rights abuses, repression and corruption that sparked protests in 2011 have worsened, and the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.

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