Echoing our concern about United States government contracts with the Russian arms dealer enabling atrocities in Syria, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) led a line of questioning at today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Senator Cornyn asked Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Army General Martin Dempsey why the United States government continues to do business with Rosoboronexport, the Russian state-owned arms company selling weapons to the Syrian regime.

Unfortunately, Panetta said he was unaware of the contracts and could not answer the question. The Committee’s Chairman, Carl Levin (D-MI), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) also pressed the Secretary on the matter and requested that Panetta follow up with a response.

Over the past several days Secretary Panetta has received thousands of emails from activists across the country demanding that he immediately cut ties with Rosoboronexport. Join the campaign to stop American money from supporting an enabler of crimes against humanity in Syria.


The Role of Women in Justice and Peace

March 7, 2012
Saleh Kora from South Kordofan

Saleh: Story of a mother from South Kordofan