Disinfo: EU sanctions on Syria unlawful and bypass the UN 


May 28, the European Union decided to extend its unlawful unilateral sanctions against Syria bypassing the UN Security Council…. Sanctions are supposedly aimed at protecting the civilian population in Syria, but in reality, they are crippling the Syrian economy and hit ordinary Syrians.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative trying to change the nature of sanctions implemented on Syria

EU sanctions on Syria are targeted at individuals and entities who ordered or carried out attacks and torture against their own people, made or used chemical weapons, built their personal fortune thanks to the war. EU sanctions are designed in a way that only targets these people and these activities, avoiding any negative impact on the population. See our video here for more details.

Within the context of the Syrian conflict, EU sanctions, imposed since 9 May 2011, respond to the repression perpetrated on the Syrian people by the Syrian regime and its supporters, including through the use of live ammunition against peaceful protesters and the regime’s involvement in the proliferation and use of chemical weapons.

On 27 May 2013, the Council of the EU adopted conclusions in which it condemned the violence and the continued widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights in Syria, which resulted into more restrictive measures against Syria on 31 May 2013, while the latest sanctions were adopted in May 2020.

The goal of these measures is to put pressure on the Syrian regime to halt its repression and negotiate a lasting political settlement of the Syrian crisis in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 under UN auspices. They are part and parcel of the EU’s wider approach to the Syria crisis, as outlined in the EU strategy on Syria.


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  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: EU, European Union, Syrian War, Sanctions


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