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U.S. Hands Off Syria - An Urgent Message for Peace on the Eve of Wider War


U.S. Hands Off Syria

An Urgent Message for Peace on the Eve of Wider War

We raise our voices against the violence of war and the enormous pressure of war propaganda, lies and hidden agendas that are used to justify this war and every past U.S. war.

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, endorse the following Points of Unity and will work together as an Ad Hoc Coalition to help put an end to the regime change intervention by the United States, NATO and their regional allies and the killing of innocent people in Syria:

The continuation of the war in Syria is the result of a U.S.-orchestrated intervention by the United States, NATO, their regional allies and reactionary forces, the goal of which is regime change in Syria.

This policy of regime change in Syria is illegal and in clear violation of the United Nations Charter, the letter and spirit of international law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This policy of forced regime change is threatening the security of the region and the world and has increased the danger of direct confrontation between the United States and Russia, with the potential of a nuclear catastrophe for the whole world.

War and U.S. and EU sanctions have destabilized every sector of Syria’s economy, transforming a once self-sufficient country into an aid-dependent nation. Half the Syrian population is now displaced. A UN ESCWA report reveals these U.S. sanctions on Syria are crippling aid work during one of the largest humanitarian emergency since World War II. The one third of Syrians refugees in surrounding Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have been hit hard by U.S. cuts to UNICEF. This forces desperate refugees to struggle to reach Europe.

No foreign entity, be it a foreign government or an armed group, has the right to violate the fundamental rights of the Syrian people to independence, national sovereignty and self-determination. This includes the right of the Syrian government to request and accept military assistance from other countries, as even the U.S. government has admitted.

Only the people of Syria have the inalienable right to choose their leaders and determine the character of their government, free from foreign intervention. This right cannot be properly exercised under the conditions of U.S.-orchestrated foreign intervention against the Syrian people.

Our opposition is to forced regime change in Syria by U.S.-backed foreign powers and their mercenaries. It is not our business to support or oppose President Assad or the Syrian government. Only the Syrian people have the right to decide the legitimacy of their government.

The most urgent issue at present is peace and putting an end to the violence of foreign intervention that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of millions of Syrians both internally or as refugees abroad.

Based on these Points of Unity, we, as individuals and organizations—in an Ad Hoc Coalition—agree on the following demands and commit ourselves to working together to help achieve them:

An immediate end to the U.S. policy of forced regime change in Syria and full recognition and compliance by the U.S., NATO and their allies with principles of international law and the U.N. Charter, including respect for the independence and territorial integrity of Syria.

An immediate end to all foreign aggression against Syria, and serious efforts toward a political resolution to the war.

An immediate end to all military, financial, logistical and intelligence support by the U.S., NATO and their regional allies to all foreign mercenaries and extremists in the Middle East region.

An immediate end to economic sanctions against Syria. Massive international aid for displaced people within Syria and Syrian refugees abroad.

Only in a peaceful and independent Syria, free of foreign aggression, can the people of Syria freely exercise their sovereign rights, express their free will and make free choices about their government and their country’s leadership.

We invite all supporters of peace and peoples’ right to self-determination around the world to join hands of cooperation in this effort to achieve these most humanitarian demands.

We need jobs, healthcare, education and an end to racist police violence here at home, not U.S. wars abroad!!

Organizational Signers (in alphabetical order):

Akademie Solidarische Akademie, Germany
AKF, Germany
Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice (Chicago)
Alliance for Global Justice
Al-Awda — Palestine National Right to Return Coalition
All-African People’s Revolutionary Party
All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)
All India Anti-Imperialist Forum, India
Alternative Media — Ireland
American Party of Labor
ANSWER Coalition
Antiwar Committee — Chicago
Antiwar Committee — Minneapolis
Antiwar Committee — Tampa
Antiwar Committee — Tucson
Antiwar Committee — Utah
Arab Americans for Syria
Arab Women Progressive League
Arbeitskreis für Friedenspolitik – atomwaffenfreies Europa e. V., Berlin, Germany
Arbeitskreis Marburger WisxsenschaftlerInnen für Friedens – und Abrüstungsforschung (AMW) — Germany
Associazione per la Pace di Pordenone, Italy
Attac, Hamburg, Germany
Auszeithaus, Germany
BAYAN – Philippine Coalition
Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace
Bike Arts Artist/Environment Forum, Toronto, Canada
Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations
British Afro-Asian Organisation
Buffalo Anti Racism Coalition
Campaign for International Cooperation and Disarmament (CICD), Australia
Casa de las Lenguas, Texas
Chicago Area CodePINK
Citizens of the World — Canada
Coalition of Arab Canadian Professionals and Community Associations
Codepink Golden Gate Chapter, Berkeley, California
Cognitive Liberty, Californian, USA
Collettivo redazionale – La Città Futura, Giornale comunista on-line, Italy
Columbus Campaign for Arms Control
Comite Surveillance OTAN, Bruxelles, Belgique
The Committee to Stop FBI Repression — NYC
Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)
Conselho Português para a Paz e Cooperação / Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation
Consejo de la juventud de Torrelavega, Torrelavega, Cantabria, Spain
Coop Anti-War Cafe, AntikriegTV, Berlin, Germany
CT 9/11 Truth
Dallas Left Alliance
Democracy TV Berlin, Germany
Democracy without Borders, Canada
Deutscher Freidenkerverband, Berlin, Germany
Disarmament and Security Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
DKP, Germany
Earth Neighborhood
Ecumenical Peace Institute Clergy and Laity Concerned
Ecumenical Women’s Forum — Philippines
El Movimiento Meicano Por la Paz Y el Desarollo (MOMPADE) — Mexico
Far Eastern Press
Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice — Canada
FLC-CGIL Trade Union University of Florence (Italy)
Frente Socialista de Puerto Rico
Foro Contra la Guerra Imperialista y la OTAN (Spain)
Free Mumia Abu Jamal Coalition — NYC
Friedensbündnis Berlin, Germany
Friedensinitiative Sülz-Klettenberg Köln, Germany
Frome Stop War, UK
Fronte Popolare (Italia)
Galway Alliance Against War, Ireland
Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, USA
Greater New Haven Peace Council, Connecticut
Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
Hands Off Syria (Australia)
Handsoff Venezuela—Finland
House of Creative Writing, Michigan, USA
Houston Peace Council
Houston Communist Party
Humanistischer Landesverband Thüringen e.V., Jena, Germany
ImaginAction Theatre, Sierra Madre, California
In Service to Humankind of Planet Earth, Washington DC
International Action Center
International Anti-imperialist Coordinating Committee, Kolkata, India
International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity
International Indigenous Society, Georgia, USA
International-Lawyers.Org, Geneva, Switzerland
Internationale Liga für Menschenrechte, Germany
International League of Peoples Struggle – U.S.
Jersey City Peace Movement, New Jersey, USA
Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation, UK
Just Peace Qld Australia
Koalition des Widerstands, Berlin, Germany
Labor Fightback Network, New Jersey, USA
Labor Union Advocates
Liberty From The Lobby
Los Alamos Study Group — AZ
Maine Social Justice — Public Access TV Show
Malcolm X Center
Manu Waiata Restoration & Protection Society, Ltd, New Zealand
Melbourne May Day Committee, Australia
Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church, Australia
Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
Mobilization Against War & Occupation (MAWO) — Canada
Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, California, USA
Multipolar World against War, Berlin, Germany
Münchner Bündnis gegen Krieg und Rassismus, Germany
Mütter gegen den Krieg Berlin-Brandenburg
New Afrikan Independence Party (NAIP)
New Jersey Peace Council
New Mexico Intrinsic Human Rights Collaborative
New Orleans Workers Group, USA
News Source, Inc., Newton, Massachusetts
No NATO List, Rome, Italy
No Nukes No War — CT
Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Committee
Northeast Philly for Peace and Justice
NoWar — Casa internazionale delle donne, Roma, Italy
No War Net — Rome, Italy
Nowar-Paix, Ottawa, Canada
Oma, Nokia, Finland
One State Assembly
One World Media, Berlin, Germany
One World Life Systems, New York
Ontario Civil Liberties Association, Canada
Orange County Healthcare For All!
Our Revolution Los Angeles
PädagogInnen für den Frieden, Hamburg, Germany
Pakistan USA Freedom Forum, New York
Pax Christi — Clinton, Iowa
PDA Chicago
Peace, Bochum, Germany
Peace Action of San Mateo County, California
Peace Forum Sangerhausen, Germany
Peace Roots Alliance — Tennessee
PeaceWorks, Maine
Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community (PARC), California
Peoples Organization for Progress
Pittsburgh Anti-Imperialist League
People Demanding Action, Florida
Peoples’ Liberation Front — JVP, Srilanka
Peoples Opposition to War, Imperialism & Racism — POWIR (Florida)
Popular Resistance
Popular Committee in Defense of Syria
Portuguese Institute of Higher Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences
Project NatureConnect, Los Angeles, USA
Queers Without Borders — Hartford CT
Return Now Coalition
Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice, Wisconsin, USA
Rochester Peace Action and Education
Rumble of the People, New Mexico, USA
Samizdat: Socialist Prisoners Project, Wisconsin
San Diego County Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party of California
SEC. Rly Pensioners Association of India, Zurich, Switzerland
Socialist Action
Socialist Action — Ligue pour l’Action Socialiste, Canada
SOLVE, Florida, USA
South Asian Fund For Education, Scholarship & Training (SAFEST)
South Coast People For Peace and Justice
Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference – SHROC
Spirit of Eureka (Victoria – Australia)
St. Pete for Peace
Stop the War Machine
Strength Through Peace, an affiliate of the Fort Collins Community Action Network, Colorado
Students for a Democratic Society — SDS
Students for a Democratic Society (Angelina College Chapter), Texas
Students for a Democratic Society at University of Houston
Students for Justice in Palestine at Fordham University, New York
Students for a Democratic Society, Salt Lake City, Utah
Swedish Doctors for Human Rights, Sweden
Swedish Peace Council
Syria Solidarity Movement
Syrian American Forum
Syrian American Will Association – SAWA
Syrian Social Club Community in the UK (Dr. Issa Chaer, Co-founder)
The Expatriates Association of Syrians in Canada
The Pacific Institute of Resource Management, Wellington, New Zealand
Topanga Peace Alliance and MLK Coalition of Greater Los Angeles
Umbrella Peace Art, Berlin, Germany
United National Antiwar Coalition — UNAC
United Opt Out National
United Steelworkers Local 8751
Unleashed (Anarcho-Liberation)
Upstate New York Drone Action
U.S. Peace Council
ver.di, Braunschweig, Germany
Veterans for Peace Chapter 15, Tallahasseee, Florida
Veterans For Peace Chapter 21, Northern New Jersey
Veterans For Peace Chapter 71, Sonoma County, California
Veterans For Peace Chapter 109, Washington State
Veterans For Peace Chapter 111, Bellingham, Washington State
Veterans for Peace — Ireland
Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality
Villas de la Playa Vega baja, Puerto Rico
Walden Three, Wien, Austria
War is Unacceptable to Consciousness
Whores Against Wars, New Zealand
Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement
WisxsenschaftlerInnen für Friedens – und Abrüstungsforschung (AMW) — Germany
Wolf’s Enterprises Human and Civil Rights Advocacy
Women Against Military Madness — WAMM
Women for Peace, Finland
Workers World Party
World 5.0
World Peace Council (WPC)
Würselener Initiative für den Frieden, Germany
Zimbabwe Pan Africanist Youth Agenda

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