4 May 2011 E-004407/2011 Question for written answer to the Commission Rule 117 Marietje Schaake (ALDE) Subject: Call for targeted EU sanctions to end violence in Syria Given that the disproportionate violence used by the Syrian Government against peaceful protestors has to end, and in the light of Parliament’s resolution of 7 April 2011 on the situation in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen(1), and the fact that EU officials’ repeated condemnations of the use of violence have not rendered any result, will the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy call for targeted EU sanctions against Syria, for government officials there to be held accountable and for an end to the violence? If not, why not? Is the High Representative considering targeted sanctions, such as asset freezes, travel bans and weapon embargoes? If not, why not? How does the High Representative propose to work with Turkey, which is a neighbour to both the EU and Syria, and an important ally? Does the High Representative agree that it is essential for the EU to support and defend Syrian citizens’ universal human rights? If not, why not? Will the High Representative immediately take the lead in calling for a special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to address the ongoing violence not only in Syria but also in Bahrain and Yemen? If not, why not? Is the High Representative pressing the Syrian authorities to allow independent international observers and journalists into Syria? If not, why not? Can the High Representative confirm whether the EU is capable — and, if so, whether it is willing — actively to guarantee the Syrian people’s access to information and communication, in particular via the Internet? If not, why not? (1) P7_TA-PROV(2011)0148. Please find the answer here.