Eleven CID members launched a campaign to call on the New Zealand government to resume funding to Syria, and to keep the pressure on the Syria regime to prevent war crimes and human rights abuses.
You can sign the petition and read the latest on the campaign here.
CID would like to thank Andrew Robinson for his fantastic leadership of this campaign, the CEOs who fronted, and the team at Tonkin & Taylor for making the video happen.
Today MFAT has announced increased funding to Syria
of $3 million, to go to Red Cross.
Minister Winston Peters said, “The Government has contributed this additional funding to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support the distribution of food and other essential items, restore water supplies, and support hospitals and health centres to continue to function.”
Some media from the launch:Newshub's Mike McRoberts
calls for more government aid to Syria in the Sunday Star Times.Newshub
and the AM Breakfast show did a story on the campaign and showed clips of the video.
Also Newshub ran a story on last night's 6pm news.
Here is a link to the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan 2018-19,
mentioned in the petition. So far only 17% of the pledges have been realised. New Zealand is not on the list of donors for this year.
Some have speculated there might be a reluctance on the part of some donors to be seen to 'normalising' Bashar Al Assad's 'win' by funding reconstruction. If that's true, it makes the work of NGOs and charities all the more important in the short term.
For an analysis of how to respond to Assad's apparent victory, and what reconstruction of Syria could look like, here is an excellent podcast, summarising the challenges and opportunist right now - from the Brookings Institute.
Also from the Brookings Insitute, 'Democracy and Disorder
' in the Middle East. Well worth a listen.
And finally, two days ago a family of seven were killed in the latest air raids in Idlib