Syrian regime war criminal Omar Aroub is currently part of the leadership of the Syrian Olympic delegation, and is likely to attend the Olympics in Paris this summer.

We can’t let this happen.

Aroub has a disturbing past. He was part of the executive bureau of the National Union of Syrian Students (NUSS), which brutally suppressed student protests during the Syrian revolution. The NUSS functioned as the regime’s intelligence branch across Syria’s universities and directly committed numerous war crimes.

In Aleppo, Aroub personally ordered NUSS members to throw regime-opposing students from fourth-floor dormitory windows.

After his leadership of the NUSS, Aroub went on to be deputy commander of the Ba'ath Brigades militia, which spearheaded the horrific assault on Aleppo in 2014.

When Aroub previously attended a meeting in France, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it wasn’t aware of his past. Since then, even more evidence has emerged of crimes by the NUSS*. Now, we’re calling on people around the world to sign a petition to ensure the IOC can’t hide behind the same excuse twice.

Together, let's pile pressure on the IOC to face up to Aroub’s crimes and ban him from attending the games in just a few weeks’ time.

Put simply: the Olympics are no place for a war criminal like Omar Aroub.

*Further evidence published this week by the Syrian British Consortium reveals how the NUSS committed torture, detention and gender-based violence in Damascus University.

Image credit: Observers via France 24. Aroub with the Ba'ath Brigades militia; in Paris in August 2023; and with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

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Ban war criminals from the Olympics: Sign the petition

To Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee:

Fresh evidence implicates the leadership of the Syrian Olympic team in the violent suppression, torture and killing of student protesters during the Syrian revolution.

We call on you to ban war criminals from the Paris 2024 Olympics and ensure the Olympic torch stands for justice.

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