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CAIR Welcomes International Community’s Recognition of Syrian Genocide, Calls for ‘Real Measures’ to Save Civilian Lives

CAIR logo(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/6/2017) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight welcomed the international community’s recognition of the ongoing genocide against the Syrian people by the brutal Assad regime and its allies.

In a statement issued following an attack on Syrian military facilities by American cruise missiles in response to the recent deadly chemical attack on Syrian civilians, CAIR said:

“This limited attack will not end the ongoing genocide that has resulted in the death, injury, rape, torture, and displacement of millions of innocents Syrians whose only ”˜crime’ was seeking freedom and self-determination, but it is a welcome recognition of the genocidal actions carried out for six years by the murderous Assad regime and its allies.

“Our nation must now join with its international partners in implementing real measures – not just symbolic or reactionary steps – that will finally help stop the wholesale slaughter and violent displacement of the Syrian people.

“The United States must lead an international effort to set up a no-fly zones and safe-zones for civilians, and to impose economic and diplomatic sanctions on any individual, group or government that has a role in the continuing genocide.”

CAIR said it hopes recent statements by President Trump also signal a reversal of the administration’s negative stance regarding Syrian refugees.

Earlier this week following the deadly gas attack, CAIR called on President Trump to fulfill his promise to establish “safe zones” to protect Syrian civilians.

SEE: CAIR Calls on Trump to Fulfill Syria Safe Zones Promise After Deadly Gas Attack on Civilians

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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