Summary: S.Res.180 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (05/11/2011)

Supports the people of Syria as they seek to exercise universal rights and pursue peaceful democratic change.

Condemns the human rights abuses of the government of Syria, including the use of lethal violence, torture, mass arrests, and the cut-off of basic services.

Condemns the government of Iran for assisting the government of Syria in its campaign of repression against the Syrian people.

Finds that the government of Syria, led by Bashar al-Assad, has lost legitimacy and expresses support for the people of Syria to determine their future for themselves.

Commends President Obama for authorizing targeted sanctions on human rights abusers in Syria.

Urges the President to: (1) in conjunction with international partners, ensure access of humanitarian relief organizations and international media to affected areas of Syria and to impose consequences on the government of Syria and its leaders if access by these organizations continues to be impeded; and (2) work with our allies and partners at the U.N. Security Council to hold accountable human rights abusers in Syria and to support the human rights of the Syrian people.

Urges the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to: (1) implement UNHRC Resolution S-16/1 and to ensure that the investigation into violations by the government of Syria of international human rights law is undertaken immediately, and (2) reinforce the need for the U.N. General Assembly to reject Syria's candidacy for UNHRC membership.