Oxfam calls for independent monitoring of Syria evacuations

Oxfam and 53 other international and Syrian organizations which constitute the Syria INGO Regional Forum (SIRF) continue to be appalled by obstructions to humanitarian assistance, lack of protections for civilians fleeing armed conflict and apparent violations of international humanitarian law in Aleppo, in Foah, in Kafrayya and in many other parts of Syria.

Negotiations to evacuate civilians are being subjected to political negotiations by all parties to the conflict. This politicization of aid is putting civilians at risk.

We welcome and support France’s proposed Resolution at the UN Security Council to ensure independent monitoring of evacuations and full humanitarian access. It is the very least the international community can do.

The five Permanent Members of the Security Council should work to ensure the resolution passes, refrain from using their veto, and turn the words of this resolution – and of the other resolutions on Syria – into a reality on the ground.

Civilians in Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria must be given safe passage.

Contact information: 

Attila Kulcsar | attila.kulcsar@oxfaminternational.org

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