Atrocities continue as world marks 7th anniversary of Syrian conflict
Tomorrow, 15 March, will mark the seventh anniversary of the conflict in Syria. Since 2011 more than 500,000 people have been killed, including 19,800 children. Approximately 11.7 million Syrians have also been displaced, and 13.1 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Yemen’s New Year Begins With Deadly Airstrikes
As 2018 begins, Yemen remains the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. An estimated 22.2 million people – over 75 percent of the population – require humanitarian assistance and approximately 8 million people are at risk of famine. The destruction of civilian infrastructure has led to the largest cholera outbreak in modern history, with more than 1 million recorded cases. Incessant airstrikes and indiscriminate mortar and artillery fire have rendered half of the country’s health facilities unable to function.
After several months of decreased fighting in northwest Syria, on 19 September the Russian and Syrian governments intensified their airstrikes on opposition-held towns and villages in Idlib and Hama governorates, resulting in a drastic increase in civilian deaths. On 1 October the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that September was the deadliest month for Syrian civilians so far this year, with 955 people killed, including 207 children. At least 158 of these civilian deaths occurred in northwest Syria during the last two weeks.
Atrocity Alert is a weekly publication by the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect highlighting and updating situations where populations are at risk of, or are enduring, mass atrocity crimes.
We the undersigned organisations call upon UN Security Council members to take action to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, end the humanitarian crisis and support the UN Special Envoy's efforts towards an inclusive political solution to the conflict.
On February 8, the UN General Assembly held an informal meeting marking the 20th Anniversary of Resolution 51/77 (1997) on the promotion and protection of the rights of children. This resolution established the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG-CAAC). In his opening remarks, President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, called the resolution “a landmark development in our global efforts to improve the protection of children in conflict situations.” A high-level panel discussion was moderated by SRSG-CAAC Ms.