CAMPAIGN: Petitioning Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama: Don't Let Syria Down

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 20:00
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Conflict Prevention
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“My name is Liqaa'. I had to flee from Syria and leave behind my home, my family, my life. I live with my husband in Za'atari refugee camp, and just gave birth to our first child. Our children are crying for peace, but I don't want mine to have to cry for it. We've shed enough tears and blood already. What we need is an end to the suffering. That is my dream.”

A political solution in Syria is now more urgent than ever

The recent escalation of violence in Syria has underscored the terrible suffering endured by the Syrian people, and reinforced the need to urgently find a political solution to this intensifying conflict.

There is a clear risk that governments ratcheting up the rhetoric and preparing for military intervention could make the situation in Syria worse. More than 100,000 lives have already been lost and nearly two million people have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries. Any further escalation of the conflict could increase serious and life-threatening risks for civilians, and further undermine regional stability. Instead, we urge President Obama, President Putin and other world leaders to intensify peaceful efforts to find a political solution to the crisis through diplomacy and dialogue.

It's time for leaders to show courage against the tide of war: urge President Obama and President Putin to push for peace talks today.


Politicians pledged to help find a political solution to the Syria crisis months ago, but promises of a peace summit have come and gone without any noticeable action.

Please urge President Obama and President Putin to put their differences aside, and throw their political weight behind making the peace talks a reality, and a success. As organizers of the peace talks, the Presidents must work together with all parties to the conflict to urgently finalize a timeline. Failure to do so will mean yet more bloodshed and suffering for millions of Syrians.

The conflict has already claimed at least 100,000 lives. The number of people just like Liqaa' who are fleeing violence and needing humanitarian aid is rising every day. The escalation of violence in recent weeks only serves to reinforce the urgency of finding a political solution to this conflict.

There will be no end to the suffering unless real progress is made soon.

1. Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama and UN/League of Arab States Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi must use their political influence to get all parties to the Syria conflict around the table for talks on finding a solution to this crisis.

2. For talks to be a success, they must include representatives of the peaceful majority of Syrians, including women's groups and refugees, who want this nightmare to end.

3. The talks should be backed unequivocally by the international community, who must refrain from any acts or statements which risk undermining them.

Meanwhile, world leaders must do everything they can to ensure that all people affected by the crisis can access the humanitarian aid they so urgently need.

Please sign our petition now. We'll deliver this petition to President Putin and President Obama, copying it to the UN/LAS Envoy to Syria and G8 leaders, calling on them to work with all parties to the conflict to make the peace talks a success.

For more information and to sign the petition click here