Human Rights Organizations Call for Permanent Ceasefire between Israel and Hamas

Luxembourg - December 20, 2023

Supporters of Amnesty International and other organizations marched earlier this week through the streets of Luxembourg, from the central station to Hamilius, carrying candles and torches, demanding an end to the conflict in Gaza.
Early this week, members and supporters of Amnesty International Luxembourg, along with other partnering organizations like Médecins Sans Frontières Luxembourg, Save the Children, Oxfam, and Association AVAAZ, protested for a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. It was a coordinated effort in Luxembourg and in many other countries worldwide.
These organizations stress that with each passing day of this conflict, more innocent civilians are killed, exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe.
The international aid to Gaza must continue, and hostages still held by Hamas need to be released. Fernanda Perez, the director of Amnesty International Luxembourg, stated that Amnesty International calls for ongoing support from the international community.
The United Nations Security Council must decide on a new resolution demanding an "immediate cessation of hostilities" in this Palestinian territory, following previous efforts that faced opposition from the United States.
According to the latest official figures from Israel reported by the French news agency, Israel has vowed for two months that Hamas would be held accountable for the deadliest attack in the country's history on October 7, resulting in around 1,140 deaths, mostly civilians.
Israeli authorities claim that approximately 250 individuals were taken hostage by Hamas, with 129 still held in Gaza.