Canada is defined by its compassion and heroism around the world. Throughout history, Canada has led the stand against horror and barbarism;
The Syrian conflict has killed over 300,000 people, 40,000 of which were children in the past 5 years. The conflict has left millions of Syrians displaced as refugees and continues to kill and maim hundreds of civilians every day;
Aleppo, once Syria’s second largest city, has been decimated. September 23, 2016 marked a surge in regime attacks which resulted in 80 children and 600 civilians killed in the span of a week;
382 medical facilities in Syria have been attacked and 757 medical workers killed in the past 5 years without repercussion. This is a violation of International Humanitarian Law and constitutes a war crime; and
Internationally banned weapons such as chlorine gas, cluster bombs, barrel bombs, phosphorous and other horrific weapons are frequently used against civilians without repercussion. These violations constitute war crimes under international law.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Global Affairs, the Prime Minister of Canada and Government of Canada to:
1. Take action within the United Nations and independently protect citizens of Syria;
2. Commit increased resources for humanitarian efforts, especially in the medical sector, which is facing severe shortages of supplies/ medicines/ staff;
3. Call for the immediate stop of attacks on hospitals/ aid workers and the immediate investigation into war crimes violations; and
4. Ensure every step necessary to protect aid workers and civilians is taken including humanitarian corridors and consideration for no fly zones over Aleppo and other populous cities on humanitarian grounds.
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