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Who Are We?

We are a group of ten Syrian organizations, working in collaboration with the International Center for Transitional Justice, to document human rights violations, support marginalized groups and victims, make their voices heard, and advocate for democratization and justice in Syria.

By adding my signature to this petition

I hereby pledge my support to the Save Syrian Schools Project

I believe in the need to work together to secure a safer future for children like Nadeen and the millions of other Syrians who have been affected by the destruction of schools and the prolonged interruption to their right to education and a life free from fear;

I demand that my government representatives and those of other countries, as well as the United Nations and other international organizations with the power to act do so immediately to protect and Save Syrian Schools;

Specifically, I call on these actors to:

  • 1. Stop killing and injuring children and other civilians.
  • 2. Protect schools from all targeting, destruction, and military exploitation
  • 3. Hold perpetrators of attacks on schools accountable
  • 4. Publicly acknowledge the harms caused and seek ways to provide justice and reparation for victims.

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Participating Organizations

Badael

Badael
Halaskargazi Cad. N: 27, D8 Sisli, Istanbul, Turkey
oula.ramadan@badael.org
+905534649745
www.badael.org
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CCSD

CCSD
info@ccsd.ngo
www.ccsd.ngo
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Dawlaty

Dawlaty
Beirut - Mar Mkhail - Armenia Street
ahmad@dawlaty.org
www.dawlaty.org

Lawyers and Doctors for Human Rights (LDHR)

Lawyers and Doctors for Human Rights (LDHR)
Gaziantep-Turkey
oco@ldhrights.org
+905558980189
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Start Point

Start Point
Gaziantep-Turkey
soha@start-point.org
+00905511518985
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23StartPoint11
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Syrian Institure for Justice (SIJ)

Syrian Institure for Justice (SIJ)
Gaziantep-Turkey
info@syrianjustice.org
+3422205741
www.syrianjustice.org
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Syrian Network for Human RIghts (SN4HR)

Syrian Network for Human RIghts (SN4HR)
info@sn4hr.org
+905061202970
http://sn4hr.org/
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The Day After (TDA)

The Day After (TDA)
Pürtelaş Hasan Efendi Mahallesi, Cihangir Caddesi, No:3 , D:1 Istanbul, Turkey
info@tda-sy.org
+902122523812
http://www.tda-sy.org/
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Violations Documentation Center (VDC)

Violations Documentation Center (VDC)
2,cours de riv, ch-1204 genev
+905433766220
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Women Now for Development

Women Now for Development
Paris, 9 Villa d’Este - tour Mantoue 75013
Info@women-now.org
https://women-now.org/
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International Center for Transitional Justice

International Center for Transitional Justice
40 Fulton St, Floor 20 - New York, NY 10038
info@ictj.org
+1 9176373800
https://www.ictj.org/
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What is "Save Syrian Schools"?

The “Save Syrian Schools” project aims to contribute to stopping attacks on schools and educational institutions by highlighting their deep, long-term consequences at individual and community level, showcasing the innovative responses of local, resilient communities, as well as exposing the legal consequences of attacking and destroying schools.

We seek to mobilize support for accountability in Syria and to urge the international community and decision-makers to develop and adopt policies and concrete actions to protect children and civilian populations and to stop the attacks on schools and address their impact.

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Photo credit: Haneen, 11, holding up her drawing of a map of Syria crying, at the Bakri Kaddoura school, Damascus, the Syrian Arab Republic, 10 November 2016. (UNICEF/ Al- Malek)

Why is it important to protect schools?

Starting in 2011, schools have been targeted and destroyed by all different parties to the Syrian conflict. Our groups have documented a total of 1,292 attacks on Syrian schools since the conflict began. The United Nations estimated at the end of 2014 that 4,072 schools have been closed, damaged, or used as a shelter by the displaced as a result of the conflict. Others put the number even higher.

These attacks have not only destroyed educational facilities but also caused long-term physical and psychological harm to children, parents, families, teachers, and ripped apart whole communities. The damage to the educational infrastructure inside Syria will take decades to repair; the damage to millions of lives may never be undone.

“I really like school, but the moment I reach school and until I leave, I feel nervous, I am always scared that the airplane will come while we are at school,” says 10-year old Nadeen* who experienced an airstrike at her school and who still carries the fear and trauma with her. “Every time I hear the sound of the plane, I remember the day of the massacre.”

The countless terrible consequences of attacks on schools on children like Nadeen and so many others who have been traumatized, maimed, and killed have been exacerbated by a lack of genuine responses to address victim’s needs and claims for justice and effective action to stop attacks and protect children and other civilians from the conflict.