UK lawmakers are calling on the government to strip Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s wife of her British citizenship, for supporting her husband’s regime during the country’s ongoing war.
“(Foreign Secretary) Boris Johnson has urged other countries to do more about Syria, but the British government could say to Asma Al-Assad — either stop using your position to defend barbaric acts, or be stripped of your citizenship,” Brake said.
His remarks follow Johnson branding the Syrian president an “arch-terrorist”, in a Sunday Telegraph newspaper article calling on Syria ally Russia to end its support for Bashar al-Assad.
Brake’s comments echoed those of MP Nadhim Zahawi, from the ruling Conservative Party. “The time has come where we go after (Bashar) Assad in every which way, including people like Mrs Assad, who is very much part of the propaganda machine that is committing war crimes,” he was quoted in the Sunday Times newspaper as saying.
Once hailed as a progressive rights advocate, Assad has fallen from international grace during Syria’s ongoing war which has killed more than 320,000 people since erupting in 2011.—Agencies