Failing Syria: Assessing the impact of UN Security Council Resolutions in protecting and assisting civilians in Syria | Syria | United Nations Security Council

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The unanimous adoption of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2139 at the end of February 2014 brought with it much needed hope for people in Syria and across the Middle East. In it, the UNSC called for an urgent increase in access for humanitarian aid in Syria and demanded that all parties immediately cease attacks against civilians, end arbitrary detention, kidnapping and torture, and lift sieges of populated areas. In July and December 2014, the UNSC adopted two additional resolutions – 2165 and 2191 – which authorized UN aid operations to enter Syria from neighbouring countries without requiring the consent of the Syrian government. This report reviews what real effects the UNSC Resolutions have had on protection of civilians, humanitarian access, increases in international aid contributions, and political solutions. It finds that, despite the three resolutions, violence in Syria has intensified, killings have increased, humanitarian access has diminished, and the humanitarian response remains severely and chronically underfunded.
  FAILING SYRIA ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS IN PROTECTING AND ASSISTING CIVILIANS IN SYRIA  ACTEDAlkarama FoundationAmerican Friends Service CommitteeChildrenPlusGlobal Centre for the Responsibility to ProtectHand in Hand For SyriaHandicap International Human Rights and Democracy Media Center (SHAMS) International Rescue Committee Medecins Du Monde Norwegian Church Aid Norwegian Refugee Council NuDay Syria Oxfam Pax Christi International Save the Children Syria Relief NetworkSyrian American Medical Society Tulip for Syria ReliefUn Ponte Per World Vision International Front cover: Samah* with her baby in a camp for displaced people inside Syria, 2015 Image: Khalil Ashawi  FAILING SYRIA Assessing the impact of UN Security Council resolutions in protecting and assisting civilians in Syria  Six–year old Sa’ado* fled from his home in Syria two years ago with his parents and five siblings, travelling across the country looking for shelter. Four months ago they found a tent and now live in a camp for displaced people in Syria. 2015. Image: Khalil Ashawi
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