Stop the Atrocity Supply Chain

Recommendations for the US Government

Congress should pass legislation targeting the enablers of Syrian atrocities, which for instance could require federal contractors to certify that they’re not in business with Assad’s enabler and mandate the Treasury Secretary to prohibit enabling foreign financial institutions from doing business with American financial institutions.

The State Department should publicly and privately pressure enabling countries, share information with the foreign authorities who can aid in the interdiction of enablers, and direct embassies to collect information on enablers

The Commerce Department should amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to secure control over the delivery of internet and communications technology to repressive regimes like Syria.

The Department of Defense should void its existing contracts with the enablers of atrocities in Syria, should adopt a regulation to prohibit activities with state-owned enterprises, commercial entities, and individuals that enable mass atrocities.

The Treasury Department should impose sanctions that prevent U.S. entities from doing business with the Assad’s enablers and that limit his ability to repatriate funds from oil exports.