Don’t Let Syria Down
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President of Russia and President the United States of America
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama
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United Nations and League of Arab States Envoy on Syria
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Don’t Let Syria Down

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      Oxfam

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October 2013

Victory

From Petition Organizer: With your help, we’ve spent months lobbying world leaders to set a date for peace talks on Syria. Over 100,000 of you signed our petition to President Obama of the USA and President Putin of Russia. You urged them to overcome their differences and take a crucial step towards finding a peaceful solution to this crisis.

Last week we handed your signatures to the US, Russia and the UN during the UN General Assembly in New York. After months of delays by world leaders, we finally saw some progress. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that Syria peace talks will be held in mid-November.

What’s next? This was a big step forward for the millions of Syrians who urgently need our help. Now, we’ll keep our attention focused on world leaders who need to work to make sure that peace talks are a success and include adequate representation of everyone affected by the fighting, including women and refugees.

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“My name is Liqaa’. I had to flee from Syria and leave behind my home, my family, my life. I live with my husband in Za'atari refugee camp, and just gave birth to our first child. Our children are crying for peace, but I don’t want mine to have to cry for it. We’ve shed enough tears and blood already. What we need is an end to the suffering. That is my dream.”

Update, 20 September: 100,000 signatures

Thanks to support from people like you in over 150 countries around the world, we now have over 100,000 signatures* in support of Syria peace talks – roughly equivalent to one for every man, woman and child killed in the conflict to date.

We’ve passed this milestone at a critical time. The deal to remove Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile, brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, proved that international diplomacy on the Syria crisis can work when world leaders put their minds to it.

Now we need your help to tell Presidents Putin and Obama to set a date for inclusive peace talks on Syria. They’ve promised to “make progress” on a second Geneva Peace Conference. Now, they must use the opportunity of the United Nations General Assembly to unite and set a date for talks that bring all parties to the conflict to the table.

The chemical weapons agreement is a step in the right direction, but it’s just that – one step. More than 100,000 people have been killed – largely by conventional weapons - since the Syrian conflict began two and a half years ago. The only way to end the bloodshed for good is for all involved to prioritize a negotiated political solution.

*Across Change.org, Oxfam and Tearfund websites

Update, 30 August: a political solution in Syria is now more urgent than ever

The recent escalation of violence in Syria has underscored the terrible suffering endured by the Syrian people, and reinforced the need to urgently find a political solution to this intensifying conflict.

There is a clear risk that governments ratcheting up the rhetoric and preparing for military intervention could make the situation in Syria worse. More than 100,000 lives have already been lost and more than two million people have been forced to flee to neighboring countries.  Any further escalation of the conflict could increase serious and life-threatening risks for civilians, and further undermine regional stability. Instead, we urge President Obama, President Putin and other world leaders to intensify peaceful efforts to find a political solution to the crisis through diplomacy and dialogue.

It’s time for leaders to show courage against the tide of war: urge President Obama and President Putin to push for peace talks today. 

Background

Politicians pledged to help find a political solution to the Syria crisis months ago, but promises of a peace summit have come and gone without any noticeable action. 

Please urge President Obama and President Putin to put their differences aside, and throw their political weight behind making the peace talks a reality, and a success. As organizers of the peace talks, the Presidents must work together with all parties to the conflict to urgently finalize a timeline. Failure to do so will mean yet more bloodshed and suffering for millions of Syrians.

The conflict has already claimed at least 100,000 lives. The number of people just like Liqaa’ who are fleeing violence and needing humanitarian aid is rising every day. The escalation of violence in recent weeks only serves to reinforce the urgency of finding a political solution to this conflict. 

There will be no end to the suffering unless real progress is made soon.

1. Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama and UN/League of Arab States Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi must use their political influence to get all parties to the Syria conflict around the table for talks on finding a solution to this crisis.

2. For talks to be a success, they must include representatives of the peaceful majority of Syrians, including women’s groups and refugees, who want this nightmare to end.

3. The talks should be backed unequivocally by the international community, who must refrain from any acts or statements which risk undermining them.

Meanwhile, world leaders must do everything they can to ensure that all people affected by the crisis can access the humanitarian aid they so urgently need.

Please sign our petition now. We’ll deliver this petition to President Putin and President Obama, copying it to the UN/LAS Envoy to Syria and G8 leaders, calling on them to work with all parties to the conflict to make the peace talks a success.  

Recent signatures

    News

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      by Oxfam
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    2. Time for a Humanitarian Surge in Syria

      by Oxfam
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    3. US, Russia sharing a one-legged stool on Syria

      by Oxfam
      US, Russia sharing a one-legged stool on Syria

      Last week, important negotiations between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov found common ground in the peaceful elimination of Syria's chemical weapons. This was a welcome, positive step toward the comprehensive political solution needed to end the conflict in Syria.

    4. 100,000 signatures - thank you!

      by Oxfam

      *This is across Change.org, Oxfam and Tearfund websites

    5. Lebanon: Syrian Refugees Living Underground

      by Oxfam
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    6. What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria

      by Oxfam
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    7. Reached 15,000 signatures
    8. First group of Syrian refugees flies to Germany

      by Oxfam
      First group of Syrian refugees flies to Germany for temporary relocation

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    9. US and Russia revive hopes for wider Syria peace process

      by Oxfam
      Syria: US and Russia revive hopes for 'Geneva 2' peace talks

      The US secretary of state, John Kerry, and the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, have said they hope that talks on chemical weapons will help revive an international plan for a "Geneva 2" conference to end the war in Syria.

    10. Kerry set to test Russia on Syria weapons

      by Oxfam
      Kerry set to test Russia on Syria weapons

      GENEVA (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva Thursday morning to test the seriousness of a Russian proposal to secure Syria's chemical weapons. Kerry and a team of U.S. experts will have at least two days of meetings with their Russian counterparts on Thursday and Friday.

    11. NGOs call for peaceful Syria intervention

      by Oxfam

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    12. U.S. House: How they'll vote on Syria strike

      by Oxfam
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    13. Refugees from Syria struggling for survival as years of conflict take toll

      by Oxfam

      http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressrelease/2013-09-03/refugees-syria-struggling-survival-years-conflict-take-their-toll

      Research in Lebanon shows many families fled Syria because they feared for their lives, yet their safety and security remain under threat – with the majority feeling vulnerable in and outside the home.

      A new study published today by the international aid agency, Oxfam and the Beirut-based ABAAD-Resource Center for Gender Equality finds that women are bearing the brunt of the refugee crisis with the majority of the women interviewed saying they had resorted to desperate measures to survive.

    14. UN on Syria refugee crisis: the "humanitarian calamity" of the century

      by Oxfam
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      However, Oxfam gave warning that not enough was getting through. Claire Seaward, its Syria campaign manager, said: "Every day more refugees cross the borders into neighbouring countries - often traumatised and in need of the basics: food, water and shelter. But the humanitarian response to the crisis is stretched to the limit."

    15. 2 million refugees - and a new sweet baby is born

      by Oxfam

      Liqaa, the face of our campaign, gave birth to a healthy little girl in Za'atari refugee camp:
      http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/13-09-05-day-our-sweet-baby-was-born

      The day our sweet baby was born

      As the United Nations High Commission on Refugees announced on Tuesday that the number of registered refugees fleeing Syria has reached 2 million, we bring you some happier news about our friend Liqaa.

    16. Good read: Syria Statement, via International Crisis Group

      by Oxfam
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    17. Assad Wages War Shielded With a Smile

      by Oxfam
      Assad Wages War Shielded With a Smile

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    18. Syrian refugees let down by world leaders

      by Oxfam
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    19. In addition, there are 4.25 million Syrians displaced within the country.

      by Oxfam

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    20. Number of Syrian refugees hits 2 million

      by Oxfam
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    21. Reached 12,500 signatures

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    • ashraf khan BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 12 months ago

      Selfish pigs live in luxury quarters, how about swapping it for the filthy underground? I thought so!

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    • Malleck Ash JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because atrocities against humanity affect me deeply. They should never be accepted in the least! And even apathy towards them is a form of acceptance of the status quo.

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    • jordon jones WARRINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      I love people. FOR PC JEFF MATHERS

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    • Fokrul Choudhury LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      My brothers and sisters in Syria are in danger! It hurts me that I cannot go there and help them.

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    • Olive Fenton NORTHERN IRELAND, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      War is not of God...we are told to be peacemakers & to love one another.....

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