UN trucks full of food and medicine are just across the border from millions of Syrians that need them. The UN is divided over a legal technicality on whether to let the trucks in or not — but we can tip the balance.
Tell the UN to drive.
The UN is waiting for the Syrian regime’s written permission to enter — permission that could never come. But because the Syrian authorities are arbitrarily denying access, top legal minds and governments are saying that the UN doesn’t need to wait for their consent. It’s now up to five people to say go: the heads of Unicef, UNHCR, the World Food Programme, OCHA and WHO.
Let’s call on them to act — more than 3 million people could be reached by these UN aid trucks. These agency heads won’t be used to this kind of public pressure — every signature could strengthen the hand of those in the UN who want to cross the borders now. Sign the petition and let them know it’s time: send the trucks into Syria!
Click now to tell Unicef, UNHCR, WFP, OCHA and WHO chiefs that it’s time to drive.
The UN Security Council voted in February to demand that aid trucks be allowed to cross borders into Syria. Even one of the Syrian regime’s closest allies, Russia, voted for the resolution. But the Syrian authorities have yet to comply — instead, they’ve been using starvation as a weapon of war, making sure that 92% of all UN WFP aid goes only into the areas they control.
Two months since the resolution, the Syrian regime’s ‘arbitrary denial’ of access means the UN no longer has to wait for their consent to cross.
Tell UN agency chiefs that it’s time to act.
The UN isn’t divided over safety — every individual operation should always be assessed to make sure UN staff are protected. The issue being debated is whether they can cross the border at all.
Driving trucks across borders is only the beginning. Thousands are being systematically starved under government sieges in places like Yarmouk and the Old City of Homs. If the UN acts now, their moral authority will help shed light on what’s at stake and up the international pressure on the Syrian regime to stop using hunger as a weapon of war.