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“Humanitarian Corridor" proposal deeply flawed

Save the Children, Tuesday 2nd August 2016


A statement from more than 35 Syrian, regional and international humanitarian, human rights and development organisations on the Russia-Syrian proposal to establish "humanitarian corridors" out of Aleppo

We are extremely alarmed at Russia and Syria's joint proposal to set up so-called "humanitarian corridors" out of eastern Aleppo. We consider the proposal deeply flawed on humanitarian grounds and consider it warning for the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to urgently step up efforts to end the use of brutal siege tactics and illegal attacks on civilians.

A true humanitarian operation would not force the people of Aleppo to choose between fleeing into the arms of their attackers or remaining in a besieged area under continued bombardment. No one should be forced to flee or remain, and measures must be put in place for the UN to ensure and monitor the safety and protection of anyone voluntarily evacuating.

Far from averting a humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo, we are gravely concerned that the proposal for "humanitarian corridors" forewarns of a significant risk to civilians who remain. A ‘safe passage’ offer does not mean that those who stay behind become legitimate military targets. The city cannot be allowed to become another theatre for mass slaughter.

If Russia is serious about averting a humanitarian disaster in Aleppo it should strongly support the UN's call for an immediate weekly 48-hour humanitarian pause to ensure safe, unimpeded and immediate humanitarian access – both for aid to get into Aleppo and for civilians to leave voluntarily. As long as the bombing, shelling and fighting continues, and in the absence of any genuine confidence-building measures, civilians cannot be expected to trust in the safety of walking through these proposed corridors. All efforts of the ISSG must focus on pushing for a sustained ceasefire, and for an immediate end to the shameless and unacceptable attacks on hospitals and civilian targets.


  1. ASML
  2. AWO International
  3. Bridge of Peace
  4. CAABU
  5. CARE International
  6. CCFD-Terre Solidaire
  7. Christian Aid
  8. Doctors of the World UK
  9. EuroMed Rights (EMHRN)
  10. Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  11. GOAL
  12. Hand in Hand for Syria
  13. Human Appeal International
  14. Human Rights and Democracy Media Center “SHASM” /Palestine
  15. Islamic Relief USA
  16. Karam Foundation
  17. Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies
  18. NuDay Syria
  19. Oxfam
  20. Refugees International
  21. Relief & Reconciliation for Syria
  22. Relief International
  23. Rethink Rebuild Society
  24. Save the Children
  25. Stichting Vluchteling
  26. Syria Relief
  27. Syria Relief and Development
  28. Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS)
  29. Tearfund
  30. The International Rescue Committee
  31. The Syria Campaign
  32. Trocaire
  33. Vision GRAM-International
  34. WATAN
  35. WILPF

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