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

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NGOs and faith groups to Obama & Putin: Hope is crumbling on your watch, save Syria’s ceasefire "Violence across Syria has escalated alarmingly, 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.” Signed,

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) Doctors of the World UK

22) Doctors of the World USA

23) Euromed (EMHRN)

24) International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

25) Friends Committee on National Legislation

26) Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCR2P)

27) Hand in Hand for Syria

28) Helen Bamber Foundation

29) Hivos (Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries)

30) Hope for Syria

31) Human Rights and Democracy Media Center “SHASM” /Palestine

32) iguacu

33) Ihsan

34) Independent Doctors Association (IDA)

35) International Rescue Committee

36) Islamic Relief

37) Karam Foundation

38) Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation

39) Lord Bishop of Coventry, on behalf of the Church of England

40) Madani organisation

41) Mayday Rescue

42) Medical Aid for Palestinians

43) Medics Under Fire

44) Middle East and North Africa Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (MENAPPAC)

45) Mercy Corps

46) Methodist Church in Britain

47) Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies

48) Non-Violence Network in the Arab Countries

49) Oxfam

50) PAX

51) Pax Christi Flanders

52) Pax Christi International

53) Peace Action

54) People in Need

55) Permanent Peace Movement

56) Physicians for Human Rights

57) Protection Approaches

58) Rahma Relief

59) Relief International

60) Relief & Reconciliation for Syria

61) Rethink Rebuild Society

62) Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)

63) Save the Children

64) Sawa for Development and Aid

65) STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities

66) Syria Charity

67) Syria Civil Defence

68) Syria Network for Human Rights

69) Syria Relief

70) Syria Relief and Development

71) Syrian British Medical Society

72) Syrian Civil Coalition

73) Syrian Network for Human Rights

74) Tearfund

75) The Center for Victims of Torture

76) The David Nott Foundation

77) The Phoenix Foundation

78) The Society for Threatened Peoples (Germany)

79) The Syria Campaign

80) The United Reformed Church

81) Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM)

82) Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) France

83) Vision GRAM-International

84) War Child

85) Win Without War

86) Women Now for Development

87) Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)