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GCAP has joined with more than 110 other civil society networks and organisations to call for a peaceful resolution to the violence in Syria.

Three years after a brutal crackdown and civil war have forced 9 million Syrians - some 40% of the country's population - from their homes and killed at least 100,000 more, civil society activists across the globe held #withSyria peace vigils to show their support for the Syrian people.

From Za'atari - the largest Syrian refugee camp in Jordan - to New York, Khartoum, Hong Kong, Nairobi, Melbourne and London's Trafalgar Square, people lit candles, uploaded photos and released red balloons, a symbol of 'There is Always Hope' popularised by the British graffiti artist, Banksy.

G20 Update: Syria

Leaders from the world's richest countries traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia for the 2013 G20 Leaders Summit to discuss quantitative easing, tax policies, commodity markets and other financial matters. But the question of possible US military strikes against Syria overshadowed the meetings.

GCAP and the Feminist Task Force have issued a media release on the issue with several main points:

1.  Don't bomb Syria.  

2.  G20 countries and the United Nations must address the humanitarian crisis.  Over four million families have been displaced from their homes and 110,000 have died from conflict since the uprising against Syria's dictatorship started two and a half years ago.

3.  A political solution is needed.  And the G193 (the UN) is the proper forum to address this.

4.  Those responsible for using chemical weapons should be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court.

Statement of Solidarity: Supporting Peoples of the Arab region, Human Rights Activists and Defenders

Statement of Solidarity

With the Peoples of the Arab region, Human Rights Activists and Defenders

The Arab region is witnessing massive protests in various countries claiming the long quest of the citizens for a new relationship between state and the citizen that builds on promotion, protection and respect to their fundamental freedoms and human rights, establishment and active participation in democratic governance, that overcomes corruption, nepotism, lack of accountability and transparency.