WFM-IGP has joined a global coalition of more than 200 NGOs that has issued a declaration to the United Nations General Assembly to take meaningful action to stop the atrocities and protect civilians in Syria. While the UN Security Council has mandated with the primary responsibility of maintaining international peace and security, the UN General Assembly is able to recommend collective action when the UN Security Council has failed to uphold this responsibility under a "Uniting for Peace" proceducure, adopted in 1950. Therefore, we call on all Member States to convene an Emergency Special Session, and demand urgent intervention in aiding the victims and ending this ongoing humanitarian catastrophe.
The civil society declaration coincides with new research by Human Rights Watch, which shows that war crimes were committed in Aleppo during the Russian-backed Syrian Campaign in September and October 2016, with at least 440 civilians killed including 90 children.
The full statement and list of NGO signatories is below: