Amnesty International USA Calls for Expanded Efforts to Address Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

Press Release
September 10, 2013

Amnesty International USA Calls for Expanded Efforts to Address Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

Support for Nearly Seven Million Displaced Syrians Needed

Contact: Carol Gregory, cgregory@aiusa.org, 202-413-8531 (mobile)

(Washington, D.C.) — In response to President Obama’s remarks on the conflict in Syria this evening, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) is calling for expanded efforts to address the growing humanitarian crisis that 1) hold all those responsible for war crimes and other crimes against humanity accountable and 2) provide much needed funding and support for millions of refugees and displaced Syrians.

"Two years too late, the international community has finally begun to focus on the crisis in Syria,” said Frank Jannuzi, Amnesty International USA Deputy Executive Director. “As Amnesty International urged as recently as this past weekend, the United States, Russia, and other members of the UN Security Council must now get 'unstuck' and translate this sense of urgency into action that not only brings Syria into compliance with global norms against the possession or use of chemical weapons, but also addresses the country’s worsening humanitarian crisis."

"The people of Syria and members of the international community face enormous challenges beyond the use of chemical weapons: seeking accountability for war crimes and other crimes against humanity; addressing the massive humanitarian needs of nearly seven million Syrians driven from their homes; and forging peace and reconciliation in a nation shattered by war."

To learn more and take action to support accountability and a robust response to the humanitarian crisis, go to www.amnestyusa.org/Syria

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.