Nusa Dua, Bali (ANTARA) - Civil 20 (C20), a forum for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) around the world to voice the aspirations of the people to G20 leaders, has strongly demanded an end to hostilities in Ukraine.

It has also sought sympathy, support, and global solidarity for the Ukrainian people.

“We strongly urge for an end to all types of hostilities in Ukraine (on part of Russia), which has broken international law and has caused a tremendous humanitarian tragedy for Ukrainian civilians. It has also had a global socioeconomic impact and has the potential to trigger wider conflict,” according to a joint statement issued by the C20 in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Monday.

The C20 urged G20 leaders to stop the harmful power contest between actors in Western and Eastern Europe that is jeopardizing the lives of the people in the regions

“We urge Russia to immediately stop its military offense and begin to negotiate. Russia must immediately stop indiscriminate attacks that violate the laws of war and cause casualties to civilians and civilian facilities. Russia must play its role as a member of the UN and the international community that respects world peace and security,” the statement said.

The C20 asked the conflicting parties to allow access to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as stipulated by international humanitarian law, as well as other non-governmental agencies to distribute humanitarian aid to civilians in need.

“We call for sympathy, support, and solidarity for freedom, peace, and human rights for Ukrainian citizens. All citizens of Ukraine and everyone in the world has the right to live in security and peace and with dignity. Together with Ukrainian citizens, our solidarity includes all the victims of violence and dictatorships in every area of the planet,” the statement said.

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The C20 also urged G20 members to be more active and make every effort to stop the war. The members must give attention to humanitarian issues and support the UN and other international civil society organizations in creating a sustainable humanitarian aid architecture that is able to support the victims of all conflicts, it added.

“During a crisis children, women, and vulnerable groups are at highest risk; thus all individuals seeking protection, regardless of their nationality, identity, and gender, must have access to fair, effective, and urgent humanitarian assistance. Safe passage for civilians from the war zone, and protection of refugees and asylum seekers from Ukraine will be provided. This must be one of the results of the G20 Summit,” the statement added.

C20 then urged Indonesia as the G20 President to be more active and strive to encourage and invite all members to discuss conflict resolution during G20 sessions.

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