Disinfo: Syria-sanctions should trigger hunger revolts to force regime change

Summary

The German government’s sanctions’ regime also violates international law and international rules. The German government imposes and participates in extraterritorial sanctions against other states.[…]

In Syria, for example, the aim is to trigger hunger revolts through the shortages caused by the sanctions in order to bring about a regime change, since the the Western occupiers lost the military part of the Syrian conflict. A cruel practice, but one that Germany uses regularly.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Syrian war and belligerent intentions of the West, in this case Germany, against Syria.

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 the use of live ammunition against peaceful protesters and the regime’s involvement in the proliferation and use of chemical weapons. EU sanctions against the regime were extended in May 2020 for one year.

The goal of these measures is not to destroy Syria or wage an economic war, but 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.

EU sanctions are designed in a way that only targets the specific individuals and entities on the sanctions list, avoiding negative impacts on the population. They comply with all obligations under international law, in particular international refugee law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

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  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Germany, Syria
  • Keywords: Syrian War, Sanctions

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