Enab Baladi – Two Years After Russian Intervention in Syria: This Is How Moscow Rescued Al-Assad…And Then Tied Him Down

One year after Russian intervention in Syria, Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) Executive Director Mohammad Al Abdallah speaks to Enab Baladi about human rights violations committed by Russian forces during the conflict. Al Abdallah also discusses Russian efforts to undermine Syrian peace negotiations, the political transition process, as well as the establishment of an […]

Euronews – UN and EU say Geneva talks must restart to keep Syria intact

Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) Executive Director Mohammad Al Abdallah speaks to Euronews about the need for Syria peace negotiations in Geneva to prioritize justice and accountability. “One of the shortcomings of the Geneva negotiations, the political track, is not prioritising justice, accountability, victims redress. For example, De Mistura failed miserably in delivering anything […]

NPR – YouTube Inadvertently Erases Syrian War Videos In Purge Of Extremist Propaganda

NPR’s Kelly McEvers speaks to Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) Executive Director Mohammad Al Abdallah and Sarah El Deeb of the Associated Press about YouTube’s efforts to eliminate videos of extremist content from its website and how it may hinder future Syria war crimes trials. Al Abdallah explains that YouTube videos are also critical […]

Le Monde – Del Ponte’s Resignation and the UN’s Missteps in Syria

Earlier this month, Carla Del Ponte, a co-commissioner of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the Syrian Arab Republic, resigned, frustrated by the lack of progress in promoting human rights and accountability in Syria. Del Ponte said in several media interviews that the UN Security Council has failed to act on Syria after […]

Middle East Eye – The Syrian war crime suspects who could be brought to justice

James Reinl writes about the importance of the new International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) to collect and preserve evidence of atrocities in Syria to broadening criminal accountability options with the potential of bringing perpetrators to justice. Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) Executive Director Mohammad Al Abdallah explains how organizations such as SJAC collect […]

OpenCanada – In Spain, will a pioneering case bring justice for Syrian victims?

Cristina Roca reports on the acceptance of a case in the Spanish national court into alleged crimes of nine senior Syrian government officials against Abdulmuemen Alhaj Hamdo, a truck driver forcibly disappeared, tortured, and killed in prison in Damascus in 2013. Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) Executive Director Mohammad Al Abdallah expresses support for […]

Sveriges Radio: Syrienkrigets övergrepp dokumenteras för framtiden

Correspondent Inger Arenander features Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) Executive Director Mohammad Al Abdallah as he explains SJAC’s documentation collection efforts and the role of technology in human rights documentation. *This broadcast is recorded in Swedish. Listen: Sveriges Radio  

Syria Deeply – Long Read: How the Syrian War Changed How War Crimes Are Documented

Cristina Roca examines the current landscape of individuals and groups documenting human rights abuses in Syria. Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) Executive Director Mohammad Al Abdallah explains how the evidence collection efforts of organizations such as SJAC contribute to holding perpetrators accountable for atrocities committed in the Syria conflict. Read more: Syria Deeply

NPR – Activists Build Human Rights Abuse Cases With Help From Cellphone Videos

NPR’s Morning Edition features Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) Executive Director Mohammad Al Abdallah and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Center for Human Rights Science Director Jay Aronson discussing the role of technology in documenting human rights violations in the Syria conflict. “I think technology is gonna be the judge in this conflict,” says Al Abdallah. […]

Al Jazeera English – Could Syria’s ‘prosecutor without a tribunal’ work?

James Reinl examines the new International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) tasked with collecting and preserving evidence of atrocities in Syria that can build cases against perpetrators for referral to courts and tribunals. Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) Executive Director Mohammad Al Abdallah speaks to Al Jazeera about SJAC’s documentation collection and data analysis […]