THANK YOU
FOR TAKING ACTION

Your participation is a powerful reminder to world leaders that civilians in conflict need respect and protection.

This World Humanitarian Day, we come together in solidarity with the millions of people caught in armed conflict. Civilians are #NotATarget.

By signing this petition, you are making your voice heard to leaders around the world. There is no time to lose, and here is why.

As you read this, people trapped in the throes of war are suffering. Civilians in urban areas are struggling every single day to find food, water, and safe shelter, while airstrikes and shelling drive more from their homes, subjecting them to greater vulnerability, prejudice, and abuse. Children are recruited and used to fight, and their schools used for military purposes. Women live in fear, are sexually abused by fighters, then shamed by their villages. Even as humanitarian workers deliver aid, and medical workers treat the wounded and sick, they are directly targeted, treated as threats, and unlawfully prevented from bringing relief and care to those in desperate need.

Many of the demands below are already explicitly called for in the long-established international rules of war, but far too often these rules are violated by warring parties who must be held to account and not continue with impunity. With your help, we can express our deep frustration and concern, and demand that all leaders take action and do everything in their power to protect civilians.


Together, we are asking leaders to:

1.

Protect civilians in cities and towns, as well as their homes and the essential services they rely on.

2.

Pledge to protect children by ending their recruitment and use in fighting, and preserve childrenโ€™s access to education by endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration.

3.

Prevent all forms of sexual violence in conflict, hold perpetrators fully accountable for their crimes, and offer survivors the opportunities and support that will enable their recovery and reintegration into society.

4.

Respect the right of people who have been forced to flee their homes to seek asylum in another country; support the United Nations Secretary-Generalโ€™s effort to reduce internal displacement by half by 2030.

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Ensure aid workers have safe and unimpeded access to deliver humanitarian relief to people in need.

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Allow health workers to treat and care for the wounded and sick regardless of who they are, and end attacks against health workers, ambulances, and hospitals.

By standing with the UN Secretary-General and committed humanitarians everywhere, we ask world leaders to exert all the diplomatic, political, and economic influence they can to ensure all parties to conflict respect and protect civilians.

For the future of a world we all want to live in, we ask you to please add your signature to support this cause.

civilians are

#notatarget

Every day, millions of people are trapped in wars that arenโ€™t of their own making. Meanwhile, the world isnโ€™t doing enough to stop their suffering. This World Humanitarian Day, we demand world leaders do everything in their power to protect the millions of civilians caught in armed conflict.

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voice

This World Humanitarian Day, raise awareness for civilians trapped in conflict by using our Facebook Live filter. Each video helps deliver a powerful story on behalf of someone trapped in conflict. The more voices that join, the more impactful our message.

Simply click the link below to go live and lend your voice.

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who we are
advocating for

These are the groups of civilians who need urgent humanitarian assistance and protection, as highlighted in the United Nations Secretary-General Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict. Learn more about their plight, as well as the specific action weโ€™re demanding of leaders.

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This World Humanitarian Day we bring attention to the millions of civilians affected by armed conflict every day. People in cities and towns struggle to find food, water, and safe shelter, while fighting drives millions from their homes. Children are recruited and used to fight, and their schools are destroyed. Women are sexually abused by fighters, then shamed by their villages. As humanitarian workers deliver aid, and medical workers treat the wounded and sick, they are directly targeted, treated as threats, and prevented from bringing relief and care to those in desperate need.

The humanitarian concerns described here canโ€™t possibly capture the lives of all those affected by conflict around the world. From people with disabilities, to the elderly, migrants, and journalists, all civilians caught in conflict need to be protected. Please sign the petition demanding world leaders do everything in their power to protect all civilians in conflict.

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What Is

World Humanitarian Day?

World Humanitarian Day is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who have risked and lost their lives in humanitarian service. The Day was designated by the General Assembly in 2008 to coincide with the date of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. Each year, World Humanitarian Day focuses on a theme, bringing together stakeholders from across the humanitarian system to advocate for survival, well-being, and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.

Safety and Security of Humanitarian Workers

Around the world, humanitarian aid workers operate in dangerous and difficult environments.

Over the past 20 years, 4,132 aid workers have been attacked. In 2016, 91 aid workers were killed, 88 were injured and 73 were kidnapped in the line of duty.1 The majority of these attacks took place in five countries: South Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Somalia.

Attacks against aid workers are deplorable and represent clear violations of international humanitarian law. In addition to endangering aid workers, these attacks threaten humanitarian operations and the lives of millions of people who rely on humanitarian assistance for their survival.

1. Humanitarian Outcomes. Aid Worker Security Database. Available from:
https://aidworkersecurity.org/incidents

Canal Hotel Bombing in Baghdad, Iraq, 19 August 2003

On 19 August 2003, a bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad killed 22 humanitarian aid workers, including the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. Five years later, the General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 19 August as World Humanitarian Day.

The Canal Hotel bombing was a massive loss for the United Nations and the humanitarian community, and marked a turning point for humanitarian operations in Iraq and worldwide.

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campaign

toolkit

Wondering how you can do more to promote the Protection of Civilians? Download our general toolkit with United Nations and World Humanitarian Day assets made available to you.

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