Civil society groups condemn UN 'shameful' inaction over Syria

By agency reporter
December 2, 2016

More than 200 civil society groups from around the world have urged the UN General Assembly to take action regarding the war in Syria.

Ahead of a press conference at the UNB Secretariat Building in New York yesterday (1 December 2016), Sherine Tadros, Head of Amnesty International's UN Office, said:"It is becoming clearer every day that the UN Security Council has failed the Syrian people.

"There have been almost half a million deaths, and each one is a stark rebuke of the Security Council, the supposed guardian of international peace and security, which has allowed a political deadlock to stand in the way of saving lives.

"This is why we, along with 224 civil society organisations, are urgently calling on UN member states to take action and request an Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly to demand an end to all unlawful attacks in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria. They must call for immediate and unhindered humanitarian access so that life-saving aid can reach all those in need.

"UN member states can and should use all the diplomatic tools at their disposal to take action towards ending the atrocities in Syria - the inaction we have seen over the past five years is a shameful chapter in the history of the Security Council."

Among those speaking at the press conference were representatives of Amnesty International, CARE International, the Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect, Human Rights Watch, PAX, Physicians for Human Rights and World Federalist Movement/Institute for Global Policy.

* Read the statement from 224 civil society organisations here

* Amnesty International https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

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