ALERT – HI recommendations to respond to the humanitarian needs in Syria | June 4, 2020
Humanity & Inclusion (HI) shares its most urgent considerations on the Syrian crisis ahead of this year’s “IV Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”, which will take place on 29 and 30 June in a virtual form. In the last few years, the donor conferences hosted by the European Union […]
Humanity & Inclusion (HI) shares its most urgent considerations on the Syrian crisis ahead of this year’s “IV Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”, which will take place on 29 and 30 June in a virtual form.
In the last few years, the donor conferences hosted by the European Union have been an important forum for stakeholders working on the Syrian crisis, and have supported enhancing the debate on the future of Syria among national and international interested parties.
In six Issue Briefs HI outlines the following key issues:
We should continue to pursue full and unfettered humanitarian access for all international and Syrian NGOs who are operational in the whole of Syria and have the capacity to reach those in need.
We should also do our outmost to ensure humanitarian workers are not subject to arrest or detention for performing humanitarian services, and adopt of duty of care policies for all workers in the humanitarian sector.
We should loudly and publicly condemn the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, especially those with wide area effects, and recognize their long-term devastating impact. All States should commit to signing a strong political declaration to end the harm caused by explosive weapons.
We should ensure that inclusive access to health care is considered a priority in Syria, and emphasize that this includes access to rehabilitation services and assistive devices and technologies, as well as MHPSS.
We should work towards the full implementation of human rights frameworks like the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and use the recently launched IASC Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action in the Syrian response.
We should ensure that livelihood programs are inclusive of persons with disabilities and gender and age sensitive as the only way to mitigate the loss of homes and livelihoods due to the use of explosive weapons, contamination and the COVID-19 crisis.
We should not prematurely encourage the return of refugees or of IDPs, not link humanitarian assistance in Syria’s neighbouring countries to return, and invite refugees and IDPs to participate meaningfully in humanitarian planning and the implementation of any returns policy.
Since 2012, Humanity & Inclusion has been working alongside the victims of the Syrian crisis, in particular victims of explosive weapons. The organization currently has 500 professionals working in the region to assist the most vulnerable Syrians, including injured people, persons with disabilities, and older persons. We provide rehabilitation and orthopaedic fitting services, offer psychological support, ensure that the most vulnerable have access to humanitarian aid and raises awareness on explosive remnants of war.
Responding to the humanitarian needs of today – preparing for the Syrian response tomorrow:
– Cover : Responding to the humanitarian needs of today – preparing for the Syrian response tomorrow in English
– Humanitarian Access, Continuity of Services and Protection of Humanitarian Workers in English
– Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas (EWIPA), Contamination and Mine Action in English
– Health Care and Health Needs – Physical Rehabilitation, Psychosocial Support and Mental Health in English
– Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Syrian Humanitarian Response in English
– Durable Solutions/ Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in English
–Inclusive Livelihood Programmes for Early Recovery in English