Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom statement on the situation in Syria

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom calls for a cessation of any trading or supplying of arms into Syria to reduce the possible escalation of violence and human rights violations in the country.

In a statement issued on 29 April, they said, "Since the large-scale demonstrations, which began on 16 March 2011, the Syrian security forces have been repeatedly using lethal force against peaceful protesters throughout Syria. The silencing of the media has made independent verification difficult, but the evidence of human rights violations is becoming overwhelming: over 400 protesters killed since March. (...) The situation is fuelled by the arms trade, both legal and illegal, which has lead to the region being awash with weapons".

The statement makes a set of recommendations to all states, the UN and Syrian authorities, including the full participation of civil society and particularly women in efforts to put an end to violence and negotiate a peaceful solution to the grievances of protesters.

Read the full statement here