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)
18. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
19. CARE International
20. Caritas Czech Republic
21. Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
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



Notes to editors:

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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