Statement on the conflict in Syria
Ottawa, ON – The members of the Humanitarian Coalition – CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada – are deeply disturbed by the ongoing conflict in Syria and saddened by the suffering of civilians in that country. This conflict has already claimed the lives of thousands, including women and children, and resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands from their homes.
Our organizations collectively condemn the violence in Syria and call on all parties in the conflict to seek a peaceful resolution to their hostilities. The needs and wellbeing of civilians must be protected by all parties, as called for by the principles enshrined by International Humanitarian Law. We further call for full and unimpeded humanitarian access to affected civilians, so that they may receive the urgent assistance they require.
The members of the Humanitarian Coalition wish to acknowledge the efforts of the Government of Canada to condemn the conflict in Syria, provide funding for urgent humanitarian assistance and call for the increased protection of civilians. In light of ever growing humanitarian needs, we welcome statements that the Government of Canada is prepared to increase assistance to affected civilians. In line with Canada’s strong international record for the protection and promotion of human rights, we encourage the Government of Canada to continue to pursue a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict.
We would also like to commend the dedication, professionalism and courage of humanitarian workers on the ground in Syria, most of whom are volunteers, who provide essential humanitarian assistance to people in need across the country. A number of them have already been killed in the service of their people. It is high time that their safety is fully respected and protected as demanded by International Humanitarian Law.
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About the Humanitarian Coalition
The Humanitarian Coalition is Canada's only joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan International Canada and Save the Children Canada. With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs, and inform the public on humanitarian needs.