U.S. Must Protect Syrians and Provide Safe Haven to All Refugees

Monday, April 10, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. and WASHINGTON —The Center for Victims of Torture™ (CVT) today issued the following statement in response to the chemical weapons attack on Syrian citizens and the United States government’s attempts to prevent Syrians from seeking safe haven in this country.

“The Center for Victims of Torture remains horrified by the pattern of flagrant human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria, including the egregious use of chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 80 civilians. The U.S government’s attempts to shut down the refugee resettlement program for Syrians only serves to trap victims in ongoing brutal violence. We urge the Trump Administration to continue robust humanitarian aid to those in need in Syria and neighboring countries, and to reinstate refugee resettlement at its previously-designated levels. The U.S. refugee resettlement program provides a lifeline for a small number of Syrians to rebuild their lives and families, while humanitarian aid helps prevent further crisis and ensures stability in host countries. The Trump Administration should immediately withdraw the travel ban and its legal challenges in court, which compound the suffering and expose civilians to great risks. If the United States wants to make meaningful impact for Syrians suffering from gross violations of human rights and war crimes, it should renew its commitment to these programs.”—Curt Goering, CVT executive director


Jenni Bowring-McDonough

jbowring [at] cvt.org


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