21 Sep 2016
Joint NGO letter on accountability for the bombing of UN aid convoys in Syria

History will Judge Leaders for Response to UN convoy Attack in Syria

Monday's direct attack on a humanitarian convoy delivering life-saving aid to Aleppo marks a descent to new depths of inhumanity. As world leaders gather this week in New York, the world's eyes are on them and history will judge their response to this criminal act.

Deliberate attacks on humanitarian workers and civilians are war crimes. This must mark a turning point: the UN Security Council cannot allow increasingly brazen violations of international humanitarian law to continue with impunity.

Heads of state are gathered in New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly. Each one that accepts a lack of accountability for perpetrators and facilitators of war crimes colludes in the ongoing dissolution of international humanitarian law. These are the laws that project a common vision of humanity across the globe. They protect us all: to lose them would be to forget the lessons of both world wars and return to a time of darkness and anarchy.

Witnesses interviewed by Amnesty International said a variety of aircraft, including helicopters and Russian-made fighter jets, took part in the bombardment. We call on the Security Council immediately to request the UN Secretary-General to launch a swift investigation – and report back to the Security Council within a week – in order to identify the perpetrators definitively and make recommendations on holding them to account under international law. Those who commit such crimes must understand that they cannot continue to do so with impunity.

For five years, we have seen leaders repeatedly condemn the widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by parties to the conflict in Syria. Yet they fail time and time again to hold perpetrators to account. Over and over again, the world has watched while civilians are deliberately killed and starved, hospitals are bombed and aid workers are attacked. What further horrors will Syrians to be subjected to before we reach another red line?

Signed by:

Abrar Halap Association for Relief and Development
Action Aid International
Ahl Horan
Al Seeraj For Development And Healthcare
ASML - Association de Soutien aux Médias Libres
Association for Aid and Relief (AAR), Japan
Attaa Association
Attaa for Relief and Development (ARD)
Balad Syria Organization
Basmet Amal Charity
Baytna Syria
Big Heart Foundation
Bihar Relief Organization
Binaa Organization for Development
Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
CARE International
CCFD - Terre Solidaire
Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)
Center for Victims of Torture
Christian Aid
Collateral Repair Project
Collectif des Amis d'Alep
Comité d'Aide Humanitaire au Peuple Syrien - ComSyr57
Damascene House Foundation for Society Development
Deir Elzzor United Association (FURAT)
Education Without Borders (MIDAD)
Emaar AL Sham Humanitarian Association
Enjaz Development Foundation
EuroMed Rights EMHRN
Ghiath Matar Foundation
Ghiras Al Nahda
Ghiras Foundation
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
Hand in Hand for Syria
Help 4 Syria
Human Care Syria
Human Rights & Democracy Media Center (SHAMS)
Humanitarian Relief Association (IYD)
International Rescue Committee
Ihsan for Relief and Development
Independent Doctors Association (IDA)
Insan for Psychosocial Support
International Supporting Woman Association (ISWA)
Irtiqaa Foundation
Karam Foundation
La Vague Blanche pour la Syrie
Local Development and Small-Projects Support (LDSPS).
Maram Foundation for Relief & Development
Masrrat - The Syrian Establishment for Human Care and Enhancement
Mercy Corps
Mountain Foundation
MRAP - Mouvement contre le Racisme et l'Amitié entre les Peuples
Najda Now
Nasaem Khair
Norwegian Refugee Council
NuDay Syria
People in Need
Physicians Across Continents (PAC)
Physicians for Human Rights
Protection Approaches
Qatar Red Crescent Society
Qitaf Al Khair Relief Association
Saed Charity Association
Save A Soul
Save the Children
Secours Islamique France
Sedra Association For Charity
Shama Association
Sanabel Al Khair
Social Development International (SDI)
Solidarité Saintonge Syrie
Solidarités International
SUHA - Urgence Solidarité Syrie
Syria Charity
Syrian Expatriate Medical Association (SEMA)
Syria Relief
Syria Relief
Syria Relief and Development
Syria Relief Organization
Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
Syrian Education Commission (SEC)
Syrian Engineers For Construction and Development Organization (SECD)
Syrian Expatriate Medical Association (SEMA)
Syrian Institute for Justice
Syrian Medical Mission
Syrian Network for Human Rights
Syrian NGO Alliance (SNA)
Syrian Orphans Organization
Takaful Alsham Charity Organisation
Tuba Dernegi
Unified Revolutionary Medical Bureau in East Gouta
Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM)
Union Of Syrians Abroad
Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)
Violet Organisation
War Child Holland
War Child UK
White Hands - Beyazeller
Win Without War
Women for Development
World Vision