international human rights attorney A post by the U.S. Mission in Geneva reports that the United States is increasing its humanitarian aid to the Syrian people by more than $12 million, bringing its total aid in response to the Syrian government’s brutal crackdown against its people to $25 million.

According to an April 1 State Department fact sheet, the U.S. humanitarian assistance includes $10.5 million for the World Food Programme (WFP); $8.5 million for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); $3 million for the International Committee of the Red Cross; and $2.8 million for nongovernmental organizations.

The assistance “includes medical supplies and other humanitarian relief for displaced and vulnerable and besieged Syrian communities,” the stockpiling of additional supplies, and the improvement of logistical capacity for their delivery as conditions in currently inaccessible parts of the country allow, the fact sheet said.

The WFP estimates that 1.4 million people lack food security as a result of the violence, and the organization is currently providing assistance to 100,000 people inside Syria. The WFP food rations are targeting “displaced Syrians and host families, households that have lost breadwinners or livelihoods, female-headed households, and unaccompanied minors,” according to the fact sheet.

In addition, UNHCR “is delivering critical medical services and supplies, food, water, blankets, hygiene kits, and heaters” to Syrians who have fled to Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq, and to host families that are sheltering them, the fact sheet said.

GATHERING EVIDENCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS ATROCITIES

The United States is also working to establish a “Syria Accountability Clearinghouse” and is giving $1.25 million for the project and its ability to compile evidence that could be used in future prosecutions and reconciliation efforts.

According to an April 2 State Department fact sheet, the Clearinghouse will train Syrians and partner groups to “collect, collate, analyze, and securely store evidence, documentation, and other information concerning human rights abuses and violations, while protecting witnesses and sources.”

The records compiled by lawyers, activists and others “could be used for a broad range of transitional justice and reconciliation processes, including truth-seeking, memorialisation, and prosecutions,” the fact sheet said, and can help “develop trial-ready dossiers against individuals responsible for violations of international or domestic criminal law.”