Syria Cessation of Hostilities Welcome: Humanitarian Aid Desperately Needed

Syrian refugee and his family who live in an Informal Tented Settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley that houses Syrian refugees. Families build shelters with wood frames and plastic tarps on land that they rent in the settlement. PHOTO: World Vision/Jon Warren.
Syrian refugee and his family who live in an Informal Tented Settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley that houses Syrian refugees. Families build shelters with wood frames and plastic tarps on land that they rent in the settlement. They attempt to heat their poorly insulated living area with oil heaters. World Vision has provided families with toilets and water tanks and delivers water in the settlement. The organization also provides food assistance through a WFP project.

GENEVA, (September 16, 2016) — This week’s cessation of hostilities agreement negotiated by Russia and the US could be an important and welcome step forward for the future of Syria. Countless lives are saved each day this cessation holds.

Now that Russia and the US have brought about a significant reduction in violence and a cessation of airstrikes, they must use their influence over the Syrian government, non-state armed groups and other parties to the conflict to ensure full and unhindered humanitarian access across the country. Besieged areas like eastern Aleppo, where 275,000 people are trapped and desperate for food, fuel and medical supplies, and Madaya, where there has been an outbreak of meningitis, should be prioritized.

Sporadic and temporary cessations of violence cannot become ends in themselves. The success of this agreement should not be measured just by a reduction in fighting. It needs to be accompanied by unfettered and sustained humanitarian access throughout Syria; an end to the forced displacement of communities as seen recently in Darayya; and a political process that addresses the root causes of the crisis.

Russia and the United States have proved for the second time that they have the power to silence the weapons in Syria. The lives of innocent Syrian civilians are in their hands. The brutal conflict and unlawful targeting of civilians and civilian structures such as hospitals, schools and markets cannot be allowed to recommence.

This cessation of hostilities agreement may provide a rare opportunity to move towards a negotiated political solution to Syria’s devastating conflict. We call on Russia and the United States to ensure that this opportunity is not wasted. The US and Russia’s counterparts in the International Syria Support Group must also stand up to their responsibilities to use their influence to encourage all parties to the conflict to respect the cessation, to monitor and report violations of the cessation, and to comply with their obligations under international humanitarian and human rights law.


  1. 11.11.11
  2. Abrar Halap Association for Relief and Development
  3. Action Contre la Faim
  4. Ahl Horan
  5. Al Seeraj For Development And Healthcare
  6. Alkawakibi Human Rights Organization
  7. American Relief Coalition for Syria
  8. Amrha
  9. Andalus Institute for Tolerance & Anti-Violence Studies
  10. Arab Center for the Promotion of Human Rights
  11. Arab Coalition for Sudan
  12. Arab Foundation for Civil Society
  13. Arab Organization for Human Rights – Mauritania
  14. Arab program for human rights activists (APHRA)
  15. Association de Soutien aux Médias Libres
  16. Attaa for Relief and Development (ARD)
  17. Balad Syria Organization
  18. Bihar Relief Organization
  19. Bonyan
  20. Bridge of Peace
  21. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies
  22. CAFOD
  23. CARE International
  24. CCFD – Terre Solidaire
  25. Christian Aid
  26. Concern Worldwide
  27. Council for Arab-British Understanding
  28. Damascene House Foundation for Society Development
  29. Deir Elzzor United Association (FURAT)
  30. Doctors of the World UK
  31. Education Without Borders (MIDAD)
  32. Emaar AL Sham Humanitarian Association
  33. Enjaz Development Foundation
  34. Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor- Geneva
  35. Fraternity Foundation For Human Rights
  36. Ghiath Matar Foundation
  37. Ghiras Al Nahda
  38. Ghiras Foundation
  39. Ghiras Syria
  40. Global Call to Action Against Poverty
  41. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  42. Handicap International
  43. Help 4 Syria
  44. Human Appeal
  45. Humanitarian Relief Association (IYD)
  46. Ihsan Relief and Development
  47. Insan for Psychosocial Support
  48. International Humanitarian Relief
  49. International Supporting Woman Association (ISWA)
  50. International Rescue Committee
  51. Irtiqaa Foundation
  52. Islamic Relief
  53. Just Foreign Policy, US
  54. Karam Foundation, NFP
  55. Local Development and Small-Projects Support (LDSPS)
  56. Maram Foundation for Relief & Development
  57. Middle East and North Africa Partnership for Preventing of Armed Conflict
  58. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
  59. Mountain Foundation
  60. Najda Now
  61. Nasaem Khair
  62. Nuon Organization for Peacebuilding
  63. Orient for Human Relief
  64. Oxfam
  65. Pax Christi International
  66. Permanent Peace Movement
  67. Qitaf Al Khair Relief Association
  68. Rethink Rebuild Society
  69. Saed Charity Association
  70. Save A Soul
  71. Save the Children
  72. Sedra Association for Charity
  73. Shama Association
  74. Snabel Al Khyr
  75. Society for Threatened Peoples
  76. Student-led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
  77. Syria Charity
  78. Syria Network for Human Rights
  79. Syria Relief
  80. Syria Relief and Development
  81. Syria Relief Organization
  82. Syrian American Medical Society
  83. Syrian Education Commission (SEC)
  84. Syrian Engineers for Construction and Development Organization (SECD)
  85. Syrian Expatriate Medical Association (SEMA)
  86. Syrian Medical Mission
  87. Syrian Network for Human Rights
  88. Syrian Orphans Organization
  89. Takaful Al Sham Charity Organization
  90. The Centre for Victims of Torture
  91. The Syrian Establishment for Human Care & Enhancement (MASRRAT)
  92. Tuba Dernegi
  93. Unified Revolutionary Medical Bureau in East Gouta
  94. Union of Relief and Medical Care Organizations (UOSSM)
  95. Union of Syrians Abroad
  96. Violations Documentation Center in Syria
  97. Vision GRAM-International
  98. White Hands – Beyazeller
  99. World Vision
  100. Zain Foundation

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  • A statement from 100 Syrian, regional and international humanitarian and human rights organizations on Syria’s Cessation of Hostilities