(TeleSURNew York – Speakers repeatedly called on the U.S. to stop its regime change policy in Syria.

At a press conference at the United Nations, the Hands Off Syria Coalition — an international initiative calling on the U.S. government and its Western allies to stop intervening in Syria — discussed their objectives and goals and debunked some of the misconceptions about the conflict in Syria.

“We raise our voices against the violence of war and the enormous pressure of war propaganda, lies and hidden agendas that are used to justify this war and every past U.S. war,” Sara Flounders, the leader of the International Action Center and a member of the Hands Off Syria Coalition said quoting the group’s statement.

The coalition is calling for “an end to the regime change intervention by the United States, NATO and their regional allies, and the killing of innocent people in Syria.”

She went on to describe how the coalition is calling for an end to the U.S. policy in Syria of regime change and stressing that only the Syrian people have the right to determine the legitimacy of their leaders and governments.

The coalition, Flounders added, is calling for the “full recognition and compliance by the U.S., NATO and their allies with principles of international law and the U.N. Charter, including respect for the independence and territorial integrity of Syria.”

Bahman Azad, member of the Coordinating Committee for the Hands Off Syria and Secretary of U.S. Peace Council, spoke at the press conference and called for an “end to all military, financial, logistical and intelligence support by the U.S., NATO and their regional allies to all foreign mercenaries and extremists in the Middle East region.”

Dana Nassor, another member of the U.S. Peace Council, spoke about her visit to Syria in August as part of her organization’s delegation to the country and her meetings with people in different cities as well as government officials and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“We came away understanding what is happening in Syria is criminal,” Nassor told reporters.

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“I came back as an American feeling ashamed of what my government is doing and continues to do. We are heading a coalition of governments whose intent is to make the Syrian people suffer and remove their democratically-elected president.”

Eva Bartlett, independent Canadian journalist, slammed her own country over raising a cease-fire resolution at the U.N. which she said was not about human rights, calling it “pointless because many of those cease-fires by the U.S. and the West are frequently violated by terrorist groups as well as the U.S.-led coalition.”

“There is no faith that any of the parties funded by the U.S. and the West can be controlled or get them to adhere to a cease-fire,” Bartlett said during the press conference as she pointed to the current conflict in Aleppo city saying that residents want it to be free from the terrorists and liberated by the Syrian army.

“The people support their army and government and whatever you hear in corporate media is the complete opposite and on that note, what you hear in corporate media and I will name them BBC, the New York Times, the Guardian, etc., on Aleppo is also opposite of reality.”

The Syrian conflict has killed more than 400,000 people since 2011 when anti-government groups began an insurgency against President Assad and his government which has evolved into a full-blown conflict where the U.S. and its allies in the West and the region began funding local terror groups.

This report was originally prepared for and published on TeleSUR English.