Appeal to the “Friends of Syria” conference

In Arab Countries by CIHRS


We the undersigned, representing 144 international and Arab NGOs from over 20 countries, call on the “Friends of Syria” conference, to be held on February 24th in Tunis, to seek an international strategy to end the human rights violations in Syria. As fears of civil war grow, the “Friends of Syria” should exercise pressure on all groups responsible for the unlawful use of force against civilians to cease such acts of violence immediately.  All groups should respect human rights and guard against sectarian violence.

We call on the “Friends of Syria” conference to formulate an international consensus on the Syrian crisis in support of ending human rights abuses and international crimes based on Arab League Resolution 7446 and UN General Assembly Resolution 11207. In particular, we urge the conference to:

  1. Reiterate a unanimous call on the Syrian authorities to commit to the December 19 protocol agreement signed with the League of Arab States to immediately release all detainees held from the beginning of the uprising to the present day, including human rights defenders, end the use of torture and forced disappearances, stop all forms of violence regardless of their source in all cities and residential areas, guarantee peaceful protests are not attacked by Syrian security forces.
  2. Fully enforce and monitor the implementation of targeted sanctions on the Syrian authorities wherever they have been adopted and ensure other countries also adopt and enforce similar sanctions against the authorities and those implicated in human rights abuses and international crimes including through an arms embargo.
  3. Urge the Syrian government and armed groups to facilitate the delivery of independent and impartial emergency aid proportionate to needs, ensure the evacuation of injured people in places under fire, and call for effective access for humanitarian organizations, as well as journalists, and human rights advocates to monitor the situation on the ground. Particular attention should be directed to safe access to civil hospitals and adequate delivery of medical care in accordance with international law.
  4. Press for Accountability for crimes against humanity including through UN Security Council referral to the International Criminal Court.

While we highly appreciate the intense efforts already under way to address the Syrian crisis, we believe that the conference in Tunisia must pave the way for a more robust international consensus that can pave the way for effective UN Security Council action.

Syrians have paid too heavy a price. We implore you to ensure your conference is a step towards ending further abuses and crimes.



International Organizations:

  • Global Center for Responsibility to Protect
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW)
  • International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)
  • International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  • Reporters without Borders, medico international



  • Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)
  • Annie Centre for Human Rights and Development
  • Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP)
  • Arab Forum for Alternatives
  • Arab Foundation for Civil Society and Human Rights Support
  • Bader Foundation for Social Development and Peace
  • Center for Alternative Study & Development Programs
  • Citizenship Human Rights Organization (CHRO)
  • Civil Observatory for Human Rights
  • Development and Human Rights
  • Egyptian Association for Community Participation Enhancement
  • Egyptian Association for Scientific and Technological Development
  • Egyptian Center for innovation and development
  • Egyptian Foundation for Advancement of the Childhood Condition
  • Egyptian Foundation for Refugees Rights (EFRR)
  • Egyptian Organization for Human Rights
  • Freedom Center for Political Studies and Human Rights
  • Maat Foundation for Peace
  • New Woman Foundation
  • Shumuu (Candles) for Human Rights
  • South Center for Human Rights
  • Sudan Children Association
  • Taha Hussein Foundation for Civic Education
  • The Arab Program for Human Rights Activists (APHRA)
  • The Arabic Center for Development and Human Rights
  • The Arabic Media Crisis Network



  • Africa Centre for Human Rights
  • Al-khatim Adlan Center Enlightenment and Human Development, Sudan Development Association SDA
  • Amal Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of violence
  • Arbab Cultural Center
  • CDA Community Development Association
  • Center for the Study of Human Development – Fanar
  • Civil Observatory for Human Rights
  • Darfur Center for Promoting Peace
  • Darfur Democratic Platform
  • Darfur Media & Press Association
  • Darfur’s Lawyers Association
  • Dwana Organization for Human Development
  • Global Center for Culture of Peace
  • Sara Fadil Organization for Peace and Development
  • Sobat Center for Peace and Capacity Building
  • Solidarity trade union
  • Sudanese Writers Union
  • Women for cultural and social Development Association


Saudi Arabia:

  • Human Rights First Society
  • Yemen:
  • Social Democratic Forum
  • Human Rights Information and Training Center
  • Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights
  • Yemeni Organization for Defending Rights and Democratic Freedoms
  • Media Women Forum
  • Community Development Foundation
  • Political Development Forum
  • The National Commission for the Defense of Freedoms (Hood)
  • National Organization for Community Development
  • Partners Foundation for Future Development



  • Badail Forum – Juosour Development Association
  • Center of people’s Rights
  • Centre for Human Rights Education
  • Democratic Organization of work in Morocco
  • Forum alternatives – Morocco
  • Lead Foundation
  • Moroccan Organization for Human Rights
  • Moroccan Organization for Human Rights Education
  • National Association of unemployed graduates in Morocco
  • Nibrass Community Assocation
  • Union of Youth of the Future



  • Bahrain Center for Human Rights
  • Bahrian Human Rights Society
  • Bahrain Youth Forums Society
  • Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights



  • Arab Organization for Human Rights / Branch Mauritania
  • Mauritanian Association for the Promotion of Human Rights
  • Mauritanian Association for the Protection of Democracy (Protection)
  • National Commission for Human Rights in Mauritania
  • Northern League for Development of Democracy and Human Rights



  • Center for Civic Collaboration
  • Equality Center for Democratic Studies and Research
  • Justice Center for Human Rights Studies
  • Observatory for Human Rights and Environment



  • Lawyers for Justice in Libya



  • Lebanese Transparency Association
  • Palestinian Association for Human Rights (Monitor- Based In Lebanon)
  • Permanent Peace Movement



  • Conscience Foundation for Detainees Affairs
  • Human Rights & Democracy Media Center (Shams)
  • Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees,



  • National Council for Liberties
  • Observatory of the Tunisian trade union rights and freedoms
  • Tunisian Organization for Democratic women



  • Dr. Najeeb Alnauimi – Ex-Minister of Justice
  • National Human Rights Committee



  • Citizens against Corruption
  • Kuwait Organization for Human Rights



  • Algerian Coordination for the Families of the missing
  • The Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights



  • Emirates organization for Human Rights



  • Iraqi Network for Human Rights
  • Iraqi organization for Human Rights – Denmark



  • Adopt Revolution
  • Arab Coalition for Darfur (102 organisations)
  • Gulf Centre for Human Rights


Total Number of organisations (accounting for coalitions): 144

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