In support of Pope Francis' plea for international solidarity in
pursuing peace in Syria, the Jesuit Refugee Service urges the
international community to:
- prioritise diplomatic efforts and apply pressure on the Syrian
government and the Free Syrian Army forces to agree upon an immediate
ceasefire and cooperate to reach a negotiated solution to the conflict.
This process must include the meaningful participation of Syrian civil
society groups across social, religious and ethnic divides.
- put pressure on belligerents to refrain in so far as possible from
disrupting humanitarian operations and/ or harming personnel and to
allow unimpeded access to Syrians in need of assistance.
- substantially increase financial and technical support for
grassroots humanitarian initiatives targeting the most vulnerable
Syrians in full accordance with humanitarian principles;
- support host countries in assisting and protecting Syrian refugees
and cooperate with authorities to counter increasing discrimination