Issue Brief on “US Caesar Act and Syrian Economic Despair”


The Syrian economic woes have been made worse by the promulgation of US Caesar Act.

The Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, also known as the Caesar Act, is named after a Syrian army renegade who fled with thousands of photographs of Syrians tortured and killed. After passing through US Congress with a bipartite decision, the Act was signed by President Trump on December 21, 2019.

This Act came into effect on June 17, 2020. Its main objective is to promote accountability for the regime’s atrocities. The Syrian regime has criticized the Caesar Act, stating that the US will “bear main responsibility for the suffering of the Syrian people”.[1]

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