History will Judge Leaders for Response to UN Convoy Attack in Syria

Refugees camp out at an informal settlement in Lebanon after fleeing the conflict in Syria. PHOTO: World Vision/Jon Warren
Refugees camp out at an informal settlement in Lebanon after fleeing the conflict in Syria. PHOTO: World Vision/Jon Warren

(September 22, 2016) — Monday’s direct attack on a humanitarian convoy delivering life-saving aid to Aleppo marks a descent to new depths of inhumanity. As world leaders gather this week in New York, the world’s eyes are on them and history will judge their response to this criminal act.

Deliberate attacks on humanitarian workers and civilians are war crimes. This must mark a turning point: the UN Security Council cannot allow increasingly brazen violations of international humanitarian law to continue with impunity.

Heads of state are gathered in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly. Each one that accepts a lack of accountability for perpetrators and facilitators of war crimes colludes in the ongoing dissolution of international humanitarian law. These are the laws that project a common vision of humanity across the globe. They protect us all: to lose them would be to forget the lessons of both world wars and return to a time of darkness and anarchy.

Witnesses interviewed by Amnesty International said a variety of aircraft, including helicopters and Russian-made fighter jets, took part in the bombardment. We call on the Security Council immediately to request the UN Secretary-General to launch a swift investigation – and report back to the Security Council within a week – in order to identify the perpetrators definitively and make recommendations on holding them to account under international law. Those who commit such crimes must understand that they cannot continue to do so with impunity.

For five years, we have seen leaders repeatedly condemn the widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by parties to the conflict in Syria. Yet they fail time and time again to hold perpetrators to account. Over and over again, the world has watched while civilians are deliberately killed and starved, hospitals are bombed and aid workers are attacked. What further horrors will Syrians to be subjected to before we reach another red line?

Signed by:

  1. Abrar Halap Association for Relief and Development
  2. Action Aid International
  3. Ahl Horan
  4. Al Seeraj For Development And Healthcare
  5. Amrha
  6. ASML – Association de Soutien aux Médias Libres
  7. Association for Aid and Relief (AAR), Japan
  8. Attaa Association
  9. Attaa for Relief and Development (ARD)
  10. Balad Syria Organization
  11. Basmet Amal Charity
  12. Baytna Syria
  13. Big Heart Foundation
  14. Bihar Relief Organization
  15. Binaa Organization for Development
  16. Bonyan
  17. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
  18. CARE International
  19. CCFD – Terre Solidaire
  20. Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
  21. Center for Victims of Torture
  22. Christian Aid
  23. Collateral Repair Project
  24. Collectif des Amis d’Alep
  25. Comité d’Aide Humanitaire au Peuple Syrien – ComSyr57
  26. Damascene House Foundation for Society Development
  27. Deir Elzzor United Association (FURAT)
  28. Dorcas
  29. Education Without Borders (MIDAD)
  30. Emaar AL Sham Humanitarian Association
  31. Enjaz Development Foundation
  32. ETM
  33. EuroMed Rights EMHRN
  34. Ghiath Matar Foundation
  35. Ghiras Al Nahda
  36. Ghiras Foundation
  37. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  38. GOAL
  39. Hand in Hand for Syria
  40. Help 4 Syria
  41. Human Care Syria
  42. Human Rights & Democracy Media Center (SHAMS)
  43. Humanitarian Relief Association (IYD)
  44. International Rescue Committee
  45. Ihsan for Relief and Development
  46. iMMAP
  47. Independent Doctors Association (IDA)
  48. Insan for Psychosocial Support
  49. International Supporting Woman Association (ISWA)
  50. Irtiqaa Foundation
  51. Karam Foundation
  52. La Vague Blanche pour la Syrie
  53. Local Development and Small-Projects Support (LDSPS).
  54. Maram Foundation for Relief & Development
  55. Masrrat – The Syrian Establishment for Human Care and Enhancement
  56. Mercy Corps
  57. Mountain Foundation
  58. MRAP – Mouvement contre le Racisme et l’Amitié entre les Peuples
  59. Najda Now
  60. Nasaem Khair
  61. Norwegian Refugee Council
  62. Nuon Organization for Peacebuilding
  63. NuDay Syria
  64. Orient
  65. Oxfam
  66. People in Need
  67. Physicians Across Continents (PAC)
  68. Physicians for Human Rights
  69. Protection Approaches
  70. Qatar Red Crescent Society
  71. Qitaf Al Khair Relief Association
  72. Saed Charity Association
  73. Save A Soul
  74. Save the Children
  75. Secours Islamique France
  76. Sedra Association For Charity
  77. Shama Association
  78. Sanabel Al Khair
  79. Social Development International (SDI)
  80. Solidarité Saintonge Syrie
  81. Solidarités International
  82. SUDO UK
  83. SUHA -Urgence Solidarité Syrie
  84. Syria Charity
  85. Syrian Expatriate Medical Association (SEMA)
  86. Syria Relief
  87. Syria Relief
  88. Syria Relief and Development
  89. Syria Relief Organization
  90. Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
  91. Syrian Education Commission (SEC)
  92. Syrian Engineers For Construction and Development Organization (SECD)
  93. Syrian Expatriate Medical Association (SEMA)
  94. Syrian Institute for Justice
  95. Syrian Medical Mission
  96. Syrian Network for Human Rights
  97. Syrian NGO Alliance (SNA)
  98. Syrian Orphans Organization
  99. Takaful Alsham Charity Organization
  100. Tuba Dernegi
  101. Unified Revolutionary Medical Bureau in East Gouta
  102. Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM)
  103. Union Of Syrians Abroad
  104. Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)
  105. Violet Organisation
  106. War Child Holland
  107. War Child UK
  108. White Hands – Beyazeller
  109. Win Without War
  110. Women for Development
  111.  World Vision

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  • A statement by over 100 Syrian, regional and international humanitarian and human rights organizations on Monday’s attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo
  • Attack comes as world leaders meet in New York for the UN Summit
  • This year has also brought cases of hospitals being bombed and civilians deliberately starved and killed