A Historic Apology: The YPG Acknowledges Wrongdoing in Amouda

On June 27 and 28, 2013, The People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces killed six civilians associated with protests against the arbitrary detention of Yekiti Party members in the Northeast town of Amouda. The killings in Amouda have long been public knowledge; Human Rights Watch and the US State Department have both written about the crimes. […]

VIDEO: Return is a Dream

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre’s report, ‘Return is a Dream,’ explores the history of property ownership and administration in Syria and examines property related crimes committed throughout the conflict. This video highlights the history, research, and recommendations on property restitution in Syria made by SJAC. Some of the recommendations outlined in this report include […]

US Military Report on Civilian Casualties Fails to Address Syrian Concerns

A US Department of Defense (DOD) report from April 2018 on the US military’s process for assessing civilian casualties (CIVCAS) was partially declassified and released to the public in early February. The United States has previously been criticized for its extremely low estimates of civilian casualties in Syria and the large discrepancies between its estimates […]

Of Fathers and Sons: Incorporating Children into Transitional Justice

Abu Osama surrounded by his sons, in the documentary Of Fathers and Sons. Source: Double Exposure Film Festival   Syrian Director Talal Derki’s most recent film, Of Fathers and Sons, provides an intimate portrait of a Syrian family in Idlib, following their daily life amidst conflict. The father, Abu Osama, a member of the Al […]

Report Release: Options for Post-Conflict Property Restitution in Syria

Destruction in Barzeh, Damascus, 29 April 2014. Photo credit: Lens Young Damashqi.   Over the last seven years the destruction, abandonment, and theft of property have become defining aspects of the conflict in Syria. Six months ago, property rights became a central issue when Syria drew strong rebuke from the international community and Syrians after […]

Seeking Justice for Property Theft in Yarmouk

On May 21, after a month of fighting between government forces and the Islamic State (IS), Syrian troops reentered Yarmouk Camp, one of the final areas of Southern Damascus that had been outside of government control. The return of Syrian troops was accompanied by widespread reports of looting. Local news sites and social media users […]

Learning from Experience: Tunisia’s Truth and Dignity Commission

“There can be no sustainable democracy without acknowledging and addressing mistakes of the past.”– Tunisian President Moncef Al-Marzouki, 9 June 2014 Last week, Tunisia launched a Truth and Dignity Commission, tasked with investigating alleged human rights violations. The Commission’s mandate calls for a review of events from 1955 to today. In forming this commission, Tunisia recognizes that no […]

Reparations: Founded upon Data and Dialogue

Today’s post highlights the fourth installment of the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre’s “Memorandum Series.” For more on Documentation and Truth-seeking, download and read the full memorandum, “Using Data, Documentation, and Evidence in Reparations Processes,” prepared for the SJAC by Christalla Yakinthou. Reparations processes need not be considered a post-war activity; in best-case scenarios, much […]

Syrian Perspectives on Transitional Justice and Geneva II

On January 29, SJAC convened a discussion entitled “Syrian Perspectives on Transitional Justice and Geneva II.” This event served in part to launch ‘He Who Did Wrong Should Be Accountable: Syrian Perspectives on Transitional Justice,’ a report conducted by Charney Research in cooperation with SJAC based on in-depth interviews with 46 Syrians from a wide […]

“He who did wrong should be accountable” Syrian Perspectives on Transitional Justice

As Syrian opposition and government leaders meet in Geneva, it is critical to consider the opinions of Syrians on the ground, particularly concerning political settlements and transitional justice mechanisms.   Research commissioned by the SJAC does just this—uncovering promising results. The research,  which is detailed in the report “He who did wrong should be accountable,” gathered […]