NGOs and faith groups to Obama & Putin: Hope is crumbling on your watch, save Syria’s ceasefire

Published: May 2, 2016 Reading time: 3 minutes
NGOs and faith groups to Obama & Putin: Hope is crumbling on your watch, save Syria’s ceasefire
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Violence across Syria has escalated alarmingly, reportedly claiming a life on average every 25 minutes in the past 48 hours. We cannot stand by in the face of this catastrophe. Global NGOs and faith groups demand that President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin immediately use their personal diplomatic engagement to save what remains of the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) agreement. 

"In recent days, unacceptable violations of Syria’s CoH and the rules of international law have threatened to doom the initiative in its entirety. Numerous strikes on civilians, including several targeting medical facilities and rescue workers, have killed dozens. This must stop now. Just weeks ago, the US and Russia helped secure the CoH, providing a glimpse of what a respite from violence means for people in Syria. Fewer people died in the first month of Syria’s ceasefire than at almost any other time since the war began. For many, it was the first time in years that they could walk the streets without fear. This was a first glimpse of hope. That hope that now hangs in the balance. Syria is yet again on the brink of humanitarian disaster and the need for action is urgent.

President Obama and President Putin: these atrocities are happening on your watch. Please heed the call of the UN Special Envoy to Syria to take urgent steps to rescue Syria's cessation of hostilities and end attacks on civilians. Please act now to keep hope alive for Syrians.”


Association for Aid and Relief Japan
Action on Armed Violence
Action Contre la Faim
Andalus Center for tolerance and coexistence
Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS)
Arab Program for Human Rights Activists (APHRA)
Bangla 2000
Baptists Together
Big Heart
Broederlijk Delen
The Council for British Arab Understanding (CAABU)
CARE International
CCFD-Terre Solidaire
Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
Center for Victims of Torture
Christian Aid
Church of Scotland
CREDO Action
Doctors of the World UK
Doctors of the World USA
Euromed (EMHRN)
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P)
Hand in Hand for Syria
Helen Bamber Foundation
Hivos (Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries)
Hope for Syria
Human Rights and Democracy Media Center “SHASM” /Palestine
Independent Doctors Association (IDA)
Institute for Policy Studies
International Rescue Committee
Islamic Relief
Just Foreign Policy, US
Karam Foundation
Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation
Lord Bishop of Coventry, on behalf of the Church of England
Madani organisation
Mayday Rescue
Medical Aid for Palestinians
Medics Under Fire
Middle East and North Africa Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (MENAPPAC)
Mercy Corps
Methodist Church in Britain
Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
Non-Violence Network in the Arab Countries
Pax Christi Flanders
Pax Christi International
Peace Action
Peace, Justice Sustainability Florida
People in Need
Permanent Peace Movement
Physicians Across Continents (PAC)
Physicians for Human Rights
Protection Approaches
Rahma Relief
Relief International
Relief & Reconciliation for Syria
Rethink Rebuild Society
Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
Save the Children
Sawa for Development and Aid
STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
Syria Charity
Syria Civil Defence
Syria Network for Human Rights
Syria Relief
Syria Relief and Development
Syrian British Medical Society
Syrian Civil Coalition
Syrian Network for Human Rights
The Center for Victims of Torture
The David Nott Foundation
The Phoenix Foundation
The Society for Threatened Peoples (Germany)
The Syria Campaign
The United Reformed Church
Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM)
Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) France
United Muslim Relief
Vision GRAM-International
War Child
Win Without War
Women Now for Development
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
World Vision

Autor: PIN

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