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The UN Security Council Must Do More to End Attacks on Civilians in Syria

We are a coalition of human rights and humanitarian organizations working to protect and assist the civilians of Syria. We wish to express our collective outrage at the never ending state of unchecked brutality in Syria and call on the UN Security Council to take immediate action.  Given continuing indiscriminate attacks against civilians within Syria, we urge each member of the Security Council to now take steps to implement further diplomatic measures given clear and ongoing non-compliance with Resolution 2139, specifically measures to establish a mechanism to track and publically expose indiscriminate attacks by any means against civilians, including barrel bombs or car bombs, and to lay down clear consequences for violators.    
Sixteen months ago the UN Security Council demanded an end to “…all attacks against civilians, as well as the indiscriminate employment of weapons in populated areas, including shelling and aerial bombardment, such as the use of barrel bombs” in Resolution 2139. Yet since then the Council has stood by as this demand has been repeatedly violated month after month with unrelenting and brutal attacks against schools, markets, and hospitals and the deaths of thousands of Syrian civilians. This must not be allowed to continue. Expressing “deep concern” in statements to the press while Syrians are killed and maimed in attacks which violate International Humanitarian Law day after day is a woefully inadequate response. Syrians deserve to be protected from all attacks, not just those involving chemical weapons.  
We urge the Council to use the upcoming Arria meeting to seize the momentum on this critical issue and commence the process required to set up a mechanism to track and publically expose indiscriminate attacks by any means against civilians, including barrel bombs or car bombs, and to lay down clear consequences for violators.
1. Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture (ACAT)   
2. Algerian League for Defense of Human Rights   
3. Alkarama Foundation   
4. Alliance for Peacebuilding   
5. Amnesty International    
6. Andalus Institute for Tolerance and anti-Violence Studies   
7. Arab Coalition for Sudan   
8. Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)   
9. Arab Organisation for Human Rights – Libya  
10. Arab Organisation for Human Rights – Mauritania   
11. Arab Program For Human Rights Activists   
12. Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS)    
13. Baytna Syria   
14. Bridge of Peace Syria 
15. Broederlijk Delen   
16. CAABU (Council for Arab-British Understanding)   
17. CAFOD   
18. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies   
19. CARE International   
20. Caritas Czech Republic   
21. Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)   
22. CIVICUS    
23. Concern Worldwide   
24. Darfur Bar Association   
25. Development and Peace   
26. Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)   
27. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) 
28. Fraternity Center for Democracy and Civil Society   
29. Friends Committee on National Legislation   
30. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect   
31. Handicap International   
32. Hand in Hand for Syria   
33. Human Rights & Democracy Media Center “SHAMS"   
34. Human Rights First Society - Saudi Arabia   
35. Human Rights Watch   
36. Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS)    
37. International Rescue Committee (IRC)   
38. Islamic Relief USA   
39. Karam Foundation   
40. Ligue des droits de l'Homme (LDH)   
41. Madani Organization   
42. Mayday Rescue   
43. Médecins du Monde/ Doctors of the World    
44. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies    
45. Nonviolence Network in the Arab Countries   
46. No Peace Without Justice   
47. Norwegian People's Aid   
48. Norwegian Church Aid  
49. NuDay Syria   
50. Omani Monitor for Human Rights   
51. Open Doors UKI  
52. Palestinian League for Human Rights - Syria   
53. Pax Christi Flanders 
54. The Peace Appeal Foundation 
55. People In Need   
56. Permanent Peace Movement   
57. Phenix Centre for Economic and Informatics Studies (Jordan)   
58. Physicians for Human Rights   
59. Refugees International   
60. Relief International   
61. Rethink Rebuild Society   
62. Relief & Reconciliation for Syria 
63. Save the Children 
65. Sudan Social Development Organisations (SUDO UK)   
66. Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)   
67. Syria Civil Defence   
68. Syria Relief   
69. Syria Relief and Development   
70. The Day After Association    
71. The Helen Bamber Foundation    
72. The Syrian Emergency Task Force 
73. Trocaire   
74. Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights   
75. United to End Genocide   
76. United for a Free Syria   
77. Violations Documentation Center in Syria   
78. Vision GRAM-International 
79. Welthungerhilfe   
80. World Jewish Relief   
81. Zarga Organisation for Rural Development (ZORD) – Sudan 


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