EU condemns violent repressions in Syria

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton and the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, have denounced the use of brutal force against demonstrators in Syria.

On 23 of April, Ashton condemned the savage repressions in Syria which has as result a high numbers of victims. She also added that those responsible for these crimes must be brought to justice and held accountable for their actions. In addition, the EU High Representative highlighted that President Assad's announcement of three decrees on Thursday 20 April, related to the lifting of the state of emergency, abolition of the Higher State Security Court and a right to peaceful protests. Nevertheless, Ashton beleives that credible reform can only be measured by real improvements on the ground.

On the other hand, the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, also stated regarding these developments in Syria that violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrations all over Syria is unacceptable. He added that the Syrian regime must at last acknowledge the signs of the times and meet the legitimate aspirations of its own people. He also asked to the Syrian authorities to release all prisioners of conscience and to be brought to justice all those responsible for torture and other abuses.