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Announcement of Additional Visa Restriction Targets for Individuals Involved in the Repression of Syrians

This month marked 13 years since the Assad regime began its violent suppression of peaceful protests in Syria. The regime has committed atrocities, including war crimes and crimes against humanity. In December 2023, Secretary Blinken announced a new visa restriction policy under Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act that includes current and former Syrian government officials and other individuals who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the repression of Syrians, especially through violence and serious human rights abuses.

Today, pursuant to this authority, the Secretary is taking steps to impose visa restrictions against 10 government officials and members of their immediate families for these officials’ involvement in serious human rights abuses. This comes in addition to the 11 Syrian regime officials and their immediate family members the Secretary announced were subject to visa restrictions in December 2023.

The United States is committed to promoting accountability for those involved in repression of Syrians and justice for victims and survivors. We will not normalize relations with the Assad regime absent authentic progress towards a lasting political solution in line with UNSCR 2254. We reaffirm our unwavering support for the Syrian people, including in their ongoing peaceful demands for freedom and dignity. We will continue to seek and pursue visa restrictions against regime officials and other individuals who engage in the repression of Syrians.

Official news published at https://www.state.gov/announcement-of-additional-visa-restriction-targets-for-individuals-involved-in-the-repression-of-syrians/

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