Syria: 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.”

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  • Co-signatories

    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

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