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May 10, 2024

Hundreds of global activists are mobilizing in solidarity with Palestine at the United Nations Civil Society Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, demanding an immediate and permanent ceasefire. 

Their demands come against the background of the international community’s failure to stop the bombing and inability to ensure the respect of international law, especially the protection of civilians.    

David Archer, Head of Programs for ActionAid International, said:  

“In the face of injustice for millions of people in Palestine, we cannot stand on the sidelines. The international community has failed the people of Gaza for the past seven months. World leaders are complicit in the brutality of the Israeli forces in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Enough is enough, we demand action for an immediate cessation of the bombings and starvation of Palestinians in Gaza.” 

The UN Civil Society Conference offers civil society organizations an opportunity to make inputs to the UN Summit of the Future in September 2024, and civil society activists are clear that they can’t stay silent when the futures of people in Rafah and Gaza are being systematically destroyed. 

Refat Sabbah, Palestinian President of the Global Campaign for Education, said: 

“The situation in Gaza is testing our humanity. It is testing our ability as a global movement of civil society to stop genocide. Our voice is crucial at this moment and each voice will make a difference, so please, raise your voice to help stop genocide. Indeed, our humanity across the world is at risk – and so we urgently need to work together to restore our humanity. We cannot achieve a peaceful future together without peace in Palestine.” 


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Spokespeople are available:

  • Niranjali Amerasinghe, Executive Director of ActionAid USA
  • Riham Jafari, Coordinator of Advocacy and Communication for ActionAid Palestine

About ActionAid   

ActionAid is a global federation working with more than 41 million people living in more than 71 of the world’s poorest countries. We want to see a just, fair, and sustainable world, in which everybody enjoys the right to a life of dignity, and freedom from poverty and oppression. We work to achieve social justice and gender equality and to eradicate poverty.   

Demand a ceasefire now!

The urgency of the situation cannot be overstated: every single day that passes without a permanent ceasefire further deepens this stain on humanity’s collective conscience. The violence must stop, hostages must be freed, innocent captives must be released, and humanitarian aid must flow freely. It is critical that the U.S. takes decisive action to address the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in Gaza and upholds its obligations, bound by international law, to protect civilians in times of conflict. Your advocacy and attention to ongoing violence in Gaza is critical.