We the undersigned 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 that all UN Security Council Ambassadors use their Security Council membership 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.

Syria is continuing to sink further into the abyss and Syrian civilians continue to pay for this with their lives: percent of civilian deaths during May were attributable to airstrikes15According to Violations Documentation Center, May Monthly Statistical report – available here. and many others continue to die and are maimed as a result of indiscriminate attacks perpetrated by all parties to the conflict.

Despite this shocking reality, the Syria conflict appears to be considered “business as usual”, as the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently denounced. This is unacceptable. 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 indiscriminate attacks, not just those involving chemical weapons.

We hope that this letter sent by Non-Governmental Organizations working with and for Syrians will prompt the Council 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.

This letter is signed by:

  1. Action des Chrétiens pour
  2. Action des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture (ACAT)
  3. Algerian League for Defense of Human RightsAlkarama Foundation
  4. Alliance for PeacebuildingAmnesty International
  5. Amnesty InternationalAndalus Institute for Tolerance and anti-Violence Studies
  6. Andalus Institute for Tolerance and anti-Violence StudiesArab Coalition for Sudan
  7. Arab Coalition for SudanArab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)
  8. Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)Arab Organisation for Human Rights – Libya
  9. Arab Organisation for Human Rights – LibyaArab Organisation for Human Rights – Mauritania
  10. Arab Organisation for Human Rights – MauritaniaArab Program For Human Rights Activists
  11. Arab Program For Human Rights ActivistsBahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS)
  12. Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society (BHRWS)Baytna Syria
  13. Baytna SyriaBroederlijk Delen
  14. Broederlijk DelenCAABU (Council for Arab-British Understanding)
  15. CAABU (Council for Arab-British Understanding)CAFOD
  16. CAFODCairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  17. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  18. CARE InternationalCaritas Czech Republic
  19. Caritas Czech RepublicCenter for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
  20. Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)CIVICUS
  21. CIVICUSConcern Worldwide
  22. Concern Worldwide
  23. Darfur Bar Association
  24. Development and Peace
  25. Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)
  26. Fraternity Center for Democracy and Civil Society
  27. Friends Committee on National Legislation
  28. Global Center for RP
  29. Handicap International
  30. Hand in Hand for Syria
  31. Human Rights & Democracy Media Center “SHAMS”
  32. Human Rights First Society – Saudi Arabia
  33. Human Rights Watch
  34. Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS)
  35. International Rescue Committee (IRC)
  36. Islamic Relief USA
  37. Karam Foundation
  38. Ligue des droits de l’Homme (LDH)
  39. Madani Organization
  40. Mayday Rescue
  41. Médecins du Monde/ Doctors of the World
  42. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
  43. Nonviolence Network in the Arab Countries
  44. No Peace Without Justice
  45. Norwegian People’s Aid
  46. Norwegian Church Aid
  47. Norwegian Refugee Council
  48. NuDay Syria
  49. Omani Monitor for Human Rights
  50. Palestinian League for Human Rights – Syria
  51. Pax Christi Flanders
  52. People In Need
  53. Permanent Peace Movement
  54. Phenix Centre for Economic and Informatics Studies (Jordan)
  55. Physicians for Human Rights
  56. Refugees International
  57. Relief International
  58. Rethink Rebuild Society
  59. Save the Children
  60. Secours Islamique France
  61. SOLIDARITIES INTERNATIONALES
  62. Sudan Social Development Organisations (SUDO UK)
  63. Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
  64. Syria Civil Defence
  65. Syria Relief
  66. Syrian Relief and Development
  67. The Day After Association
  68. The Helen Bamber Foundation
  69. Trocaire
  70. Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights
  71. United to End Genocide
  72. United for a Free Syria
  73. Violations Documentation Center in Syria
  74. Welthungerhilfe
  75. World Jewish Relief
  76. Zarga Organisation for Rural Development (ZORD) – Sudan
Editors' Note

Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.

For more information, contact Christopher Allbritton at +1 (917) 310-4785 or chris@civiliansinconflict.org.

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