Statement to Obama, Putin: Hope for Syria is crumbling

29 April 2016

Available in Spanish, Italian, and Arabic

NGOs and faith groups to Obama & Putin: Hope is crumbling on your watch, save Syria’s ceasefire

“Violence across Syria has escalated PCI_SyriaCeasefire1alarmingly, reportedly claiming a life on average every 25 minutes in the past 48 hours. We cannot stand by in the face of this catastrophe. Global NGOs and faith groups demand that President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin immediately use their personal diplomatic engagement to save what remains of the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) agreement.

In recent days, unacceptable violations of Syria’s CoH and the rules of international law have threatened to doom the initiative in its entirety. Numerous strikes on civilians, including several targeting medical facilities and rescue workers, have killed dozens. This must stop now. Just weeks ago, the US and Russia helped secure the CoH, providing a glimpse of what a respite from violence means for people in Syria. Fewer people died in the first month of Syria’s ceasefire than at almost any other time since the war began. For many, it was the first time in years that they could walk the streets without fear. This was a first glimpse of hope. That hope that now hangs in the balance. Syria is yet again on the brink of humanitarian disaster and the need for action is urgent.

President Obama and President Putin: these atrocities are happening on your watch. Please heed the call of the UN Special Envoy to Syria to take urgent steps to rescue Syria’s cessation of hostilities and end attacks on civilians. Please act now to keep hope alive for Syrians.”


  1. 11.11.11
  2. Association for Aid and Relief Japan
  3. Action on Armed Violence
  4. Action Contre la Faim
  5. Andalus Center for tolerance and coexistence
  6. Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS)
  7. Arab Program for Human Rights Activists (APHRA)
  8. ASML
  9. Bangla 2000
  10. Baptists Together
  11. Broederlijk Delen
  12. The Council for British Arab Understanding (CAABU)
  13. CAFOD
  14. CARE International
  15. CCFD-Terre Solidaire
  16. Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
  17. Center for Victims of Torture
  18. ChildrenPlus
  19. Christian Aid
  20. Church of Scotland
  21. CREDO Action
  22. Doctors of the World UK
  23. Doctors of the World USA
  24. Euromed (EMHRN)
  25. International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  26. Friends Committee on National Legislation
  27. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P)
  28. Hand in Hand for Syria
  29. Helen Bamber Foundation
  30. Hivos (Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries)
  31. Hope for Syria
  32. Human Rights and Democracy Media Center “SHASM” /Palestine
  33. iguacu
  34. Ihsan
  35. Independent Doctors Association (IDA)
  36. Institute for Policy Studies
  37. International Rescue Committee
  38. Islamic Relief
  39. Karam Foundation
  40. Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation
  41. Lord Bishop of Coventry, on behalf of the Church of England
  42. Madani organisation
  43. Mayday Rescue
  44. Medical Aid for Palestinians
  45. Medics Under Fire
  46. Middle East and North Africa Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (MENAPPAC)
  47. Mercy Corps
  48. Methodist Church in Britain
  49. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
  50. Non-Violence Network in the Arab Countries
  51. Oxfam
  52. PAX
  53. Pax Christi Flanders
  54. Pax Christi International
  55. Peace Action
  56. Peace, Justice Sustainability Florida
  57. People in Need
  58. Permanent Peace Movement
  59. Physicians Across Continents (PAC)
  60. Physicians for Human Rights
  61. Protection Approaches
  62. Rahma Relief
  63. Relief International
  64. Relief & Reconciliation for Syria
  65. Rethink Rebuild Society
  66. Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
  67. Save the Children
  68. Sawa for Development and Aid
  69. STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
  70. Syria Charity
  71. Syria Civil Defence
  72. Syria Network for Human Rights
  73. Syria Relief
  74. Syria Relief and Development
  75. Syrian British Medical Society
  76. Syrian Civil Coalition
  77. Syrian Network for Human Rights
  78. Tearfund
  79. The Center for Victims of Torture
  80. The David Nott Foundation
  81. The Phoenix Foundation
  82. The Society for Threatened Peoples (Germany)
  83. The Syria Campaign
  84. The United Reformed Church
  85. Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM)
  86. Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) France
  87. United Muslim Relief
  88. Vision GRAM-International
  89. War Child
  90. Win Without War
  91. Women Now for Development
  92. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
  93. Zaad
  94. Zaytoon

About Pax Christi Peace Stories

Pax Christi International is a global Catholic peace movement and network that works to help establish Peace, Respect for Human Rights, Justice and Reconciliation in areas of the world that are torn by conflict. It is grounded in the belief that peace is possible and that vicious cycles of violence and injustice can be broken.
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