Our six step plan to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria

Syria: 6 ways to help end the crisis

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As the debate about chemical weapons dominates our headlines, civilians continue to bear the brunt in Syria. It is clear that both opposition and government forces are committing human rights abuses, with the government responsible for the vast majority.

And the death toll is rising. 

It is estimated that over 100,000 men, women and children have died since pro-reform protesters took to the streets in early 2011. While some groups continue to use non violent resistance, this number serves as a tragic reminder that what began as a peaceful cry for freedom has descended into a bloody conflict. 

Conditions have become so unbearable that over two million people have fled the country, while some four million others are displaced within Syria.

We don't take a stand on whether or not military intervention is the right course of action. What we do do is stand up for human rights. And we think that there are six key ways to end the humanitarian crisis.

Regardless of where you stand on the debate about use of force, these six steps are fundamental if Syrians are to get the justice they so deserve.

So, please, share this infographic and call for the protection of civilians in Syria

The six steps

These might seem dry, but we don't mind being a bit long winded if it means the international community takes note. If you have any questions or need clarification on these, leave a comment and we'll get back to you. 

We want the international community to: 

  1. Implement an arms embargo on the Syrian government and ensure all nations apply the standards of the Arms Trade Treaty to any possible shipment of arms to opposition groups. Exports likely to be used to commit or facilitate serious human rights abuses should not be authorised
  2. Ensure that the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) refers the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court for action. We have documented war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated by both opposition and government forces
  3. Mobilise and address the humanitarian needs of the Syrian people. More than two million are refugees and 4.25 million are internally displaced. Less than 40% percent of the international appeal for relief supplies/aid has been pledged. Special care should be taken to address the needs of women and children because they are the most vulnerable
  4. Call on all parties to the Syrian conflict to give full access to the U.N. Commission of Inquiry so that it can properly investigate war crimes and other human rights abuses
  5. Secure unimpeded access for NGOs and relief agencies so that they can reach the affected population, both inside and outside Syria
  6. Freeze Assad’s assets – call on the UN Security Council to overcome Russian and Chinese objections. Call on nations to halt arms shipments
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