WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today introduced the Assad Regime Anti-Normalization Act, legislation to extend and strengthen the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act.
“Bashar al Assad, along with his Russian and Iranian backers, has committed unspeakable atrocities against the Syrian people, including the use of chemical weapons against unarmed civilians, torture, forced disappearance, and starvation as a weapon of war. Despite a growing mountain of evidence against Assad for war crimes, there has been a troubling wave of efforts to rehabilitate and whitewash the regime and its crimes,” said Risch. “This legislation enforces a policy of diplomatic and economic isolation against the Assad regime and its enablers and sends a strong signal that we will continue to seek accountability for all atrocities.”
“The U.S. must limit any sort of normalization of relations to the criminal Assad regime. There is no reason why our nation should grant this bloody dictatorship international legitimacy. This bill would prioritize the efforts needed to limit our recognition of this anti-democratic tyranny,” said Rubio.
The Assad Regime Normalization Act:
Text of this legislation can be found here.