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  • The house has not voted
    IntroducedNovember 30th, 2018

What is it?

This resolution would condemn the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for its atrocities against the people of Syria, along with the governments of Iran and Russia for supporting Assad in his commission of war crimes. It would note that the deployment of more than 68,000 Russian troops, plus the introduction of over 3,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and 20,000 Iran-controlled militia fighters has helped the Assad regime survive. Further, the resolution calls for a political settlement that results in a Syrian government that isn’t a threat to its own people and abandons its chemical weapons program, while not giving Iran a platform to threaten Syria’s neighbors such as Israel.

Additionally, the resolution would call on the president and secretary of state to determine whether militias operating in Syria under the command of the IRGC are terrorist organizations that should be sanctioned.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed.

Impact

The Assad regime, Russia, and Iran; the House of Representatives; and the secretary of state and president.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced this bill to condemn the Assad regime along with its backers in Russia and Iran over their atrocities and war crimes against the Syrian people:

“After seven years of war and the deaths of more than half of a million people, the atrocities of the Assad regime are still ongoing with the help of Russia and Iran. The United States must push for an end to the violence and suffering in Syria and hold the perpetrators accountable.”

Of Note: In May 2017, the House passed the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, which would sanction supporters of the Assad regime and aim to bring the war to an end so war criminals can be prosecuted. It hasn’t been considered by the Senate.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Kremlin / Public Domain)

Official Title

Condemning the Assad regime and its backers for their continued support of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria.