Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

The UN Security Council must take a stronger stand on Syria

May 25, 2011

Open Letter from Arab Civil Society Organizations to United
Nations Security Council Members

The UN Security Council must take a stronger stand on
Syria

Dear Ambassador

As leaders of 224 civil society organizations from 18
countries across the Arab world, we call on members of United Nations Security
Council to support a resolution calling for the immediate end to the use of
lethal force against protestors in Syria.

Over 1,000 civilians have been killed and 10,000 arrested in
16 Syrian cities. The lack of running water and electricity in towns such as
Derra and Homs has left innocent civilians, including many women and children,
without essential basic services. As the situation deteriorates further, the
communications blackout imposed since the 22nd of April prevents any objective
assessment of humanitarian needs.

We believe that the silence of the UN Security Council sends
the wrong message and fails to deter further violence and human rights abuses
by the Syrian authorities. A resolution by the UN Security Council is needed to
make clear that the current crackdown is unacceptable and in no way condoned by
the community of nations.

We regret that, to date, the Security Council has been
unable to reach agreement on a resolution to support the thousands of Syrian
civilians in desperate need of protection. We urge you to use your leadership
within the Council to ensure the UN lives up to its mandate by adopting a
resolution that:

       
Condemns the excessive
use of lethal force
against peaceful protestors in Syria.

       
Demands a complete end
to violence
and attacks against and abuses of civilians.

       
Demands the Syrian
authorities provide immediate access and guarantees for the provision of
humanitarian assistance
.

       
Demands the Syrian
authorities abide by International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, including
respect for freedom of association and expression and immediately lift
the communications blackout.

       
Supports all measures
authorized by the UN Human Rights Council
including an international
investigative mission (A/HRC/RES/S-16/1) for Syria.

 

The people of Syria have already waited too long for a
response from the Council. The eyes of the world are now on the United Nations
to take a firm and strong position against a government deliberately using
lethal force against its own people.

Sincerely,

Algeria: The Algerian League for the Defence of Human
Rights, The Algerian Coordination Organisation for the Families of the Missing.

Bahrain: Al Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Bahraini
Association for Human Rights, Association of Bahraini Youth for Human Rights-
Bahrain

Egypt: Arab Programme for Human Rights Activists
(APHRA), Arab Organization for Civil Society and Human Rights Support, Egyptian
Organization for Human Rights, Civil Observatory for Human Rights, Citizenship
Human Rights Organisation, Shomoa for the Care of Humanitarian Rights, Egyptian
Organisation for Scientific and Technological Development, Egyptian Foundation
for Refugee Rights, The Arab Network for Human Rights Information-Egypt, The
Arab Centre for Development and Human Rights, South Centre for Human Rights,
Arab Network for Crisis Reporting, Centre for the Study of Alternative
Development, Taha Hussein Foundation for Civic Education, Egyptian Centre for
Human Development, Maat Foundation for Peace, Development and Human Rights,
Al-Badr Foundation for Social Development and Peace, Maan Foundation, Arab
Centre for Legal and Judicial Independence, Egyptian Initiative for Personal
Rights (EIPR), The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), Ani for
Development and Human Rights, Al Nadim Center for Treatment and Psychological
Rehabilitation for Victims of Violence, Association of Freedom of Thought and
Expression, Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies, Egyptian
Centre for Property Rights, One World Centre for Development and Protection of
Human Rights, Human Rights Association for Protection of Prisoners, Centre for
Legal Study and Information for Human Rights, Centre for Human Rights and
Fighting Landmines, National Association for the Defence of Rights and
Liberties, Arab Legal Desk- Egypt, Group for Human Rights Legal Aid, Supporters
of Justice for Human Rights Association. Egyptian Womens’ Issues, Al-Safwa
Centre for Human Rights in Mansoura, Rifa’a Al-Tahtawi Forum, Human Development
Centre, Al-Haqq Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, Al Shihab Foundation for
Complete Development, Al- Kilma Centre for Human Rights, Egyptian Association
for Economic and Social Rights, Habi Centre for Environmental Rights, Egyptian
Association for Civic Education and Human Rights, Egyptian Civil Group, Women’s
Group for Human Rights, Equality Center for Human Rights (Port Said), Egyptian
Center for Rights of the Child, Egyptian Foundation for Family Development, The
Egyptian Centre for Defense and Legal Protection, Solidarity Association for
Development and Human Rights, Foundation for Human Rights Training and
Sustainable Development (Equity), Madar Foundation for Development and
Environmental Protection, Dawn Centre for Human Rights Advocacy, Him and Her
Development Foundation, Egyptian Center for Development and Human Rights,
Egyptian Association against Medical Negligence and Human Rights, Civil
Coalition for Democratic Reform, Arab Center for Development and Future
Researches, Arab Centre for Alternative Studies, New Woman Research Center.

Iraq: The Iraqi Human Rights Association in Denmark,
Iraqi Network for Human Rights, Rawabi Humanitarian Organisation

Jordan: Observatory Centre for Environment and Human
Rights, Equality Centre for Democratic Studies and Research, Cooperation Centre
for Civil Society Organisations.

Kuwait: The Kuwaiti Association for Human Rights, NN
Association for Law defenders.

Lebanon: The Lebanese Association for Transparency ,
(PPM) Permanent Peace Movement (includes 20 organizations), Social
Developmental Initiative- Volunteers without Boundaries, Development for People
and Nature Association- Lebanon, Lebanese Labour Watch- Lebanon, Common Effort-
Lebanon, Cultural Tyre Forum, Civil Society Forum , Middle East and North
Africa Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict, Arab Network for
Tolerance, Peace Building Academy, Arab Human Rights Fund.

Libya: The Arab Libyan Association for Human Rights,
Secretary General of the Association for Human Rights.

Mauritania: National Committee for Human Rights ,
Network for Protection of Democracy, Mauritanian Association for the Promotion
of Human Rights (AMAPROD) , Northern League for Democracy, Development and
Human Rights , Women Democratic Society, The Arab Organisation for Human Rights
– Mauritania .

Morocco: Moroccan Bada’il Forum, The Democratic
Centre for Work, National Organisation for Suspended Certificates Campaign,
Badai’l Forum- Gosoor Site- Development Organisation, Future Youth Union,
Centre for Education on Human Rights, Nabras Youth Site, People’s Rights
Centre- Morocco, Leid Foundation, Moroccan Organisation for Human Rights.

Palestine: Al Dameer Organisation for the Political
Prisoners Welfar, The Palestinian Society for Human Rights, The Union of
Palestinian Women’s Committees, Palestinian Human Rights Organization, Shams
“Human Rights & Democracy Media Center”

Qatar: National Council for Human Rights.

Saudi Arabia: Human Rights First Society(HRFS).

Sudan: Al Kahtim Centre for Enlightenment & Human
Development (KACE), Sudanese Children Society, Sudan Development Association
SDA , Civil and Human Rights Centre, Darfur Democratic Forum, Al-Amal
Rehabilitation Centre, Subat Centre for Peace and Capacity Building, Union
Solidarity, Centre for Human Development Studies, Global Centre for the Culture
of Peace, African Centre for Human Rights, Darfur Lawyers Association, Darfur
Centre for Consolidation of Peace, Darfur Journalists and Media Network,
Secretary General of Dwana Organization for Human Development, Community
Development Association CDA, Niswa Organisation for Cultural and Social
Development, Sarah Al Fadil Centre for Peace and Development, Arab Cultural
Centre, Journalists for Human Rights – JHR.

Syria: National Organization for Human Rights,
Damascus Centre for Human Rights Studies, Committees for the Defence of
Democracy Freedom and Human Rights Kurdish Committee for Human Rights, The Arab
Organization for Human Rights, Kurdish organization for the defence of human
rights and public freedoms in Syria–DAD.

Tunsia: The Tunisian Observatory for Union Rights and
Freedoms, The National Council for Liberties, Committee for the Respect of
Liberties and Human Rights in Tunisia, Observatory for Freedom of Press,
Publishing and Creation, Tunisia

UAE: The Emirates Association for Human Rights,
Emirates Media and Studies Center,

Yemen: Democratic Social Forum , Sisterhood Forum for
Human Rights , The Information and Rehabilitation Centre for Human Rights,
Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights, Yemeni Organisation for the Defence of
Rights and Democratic Freedoms, Yemeni Broadcasters Forum, Foundation for Local
Community Development, Political Development Forum, National Association for
the Defence of Freedoms, The Democratic School, National Centre for Community
Development, Yemeni Doctors and Pharmacists Syndicate, Educational Syndicate,
Partners for the Future Association- Yemen

Regional Coalitions: Non Violence Network in the Arab
Countries (20 organisations), MENA Coalition to stop use of Child Soldiers (20
organisations),MENA Action Network on Small Arms (20 organisations)

Europe: Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network and
the Arab Reform Initiative (France).

Total Number of organisations: 224

For correspondence with the signatories of this statement
please contact Crisis Action at andrew.hudson@crisisaction.org ; +1 646 233
1651.