The Caesar Act: Impacts and Implementation

In late December 2019, President Donald Trump signed a $738 billion defense policy bill that included legislation to further the existing sanctions regime targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies. Passed as part of the new law was the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, a nod to the pseudonym used by the Syrian military […]

SJAC Launches Missing Persons Program in Northeast Syria

SJAC, in collaboration with the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF), has begun providing technical trainings in mass grave exhumation and documentation to the First Responders’ Team (FRT) working to open mass graves in Northeast Syria. These trainings are part of SJAC’s larger efforts to address the thousands of missing persons in the aftermath of ISIS’s […]

Syrians in Denmark Fear Losing Refugee Protections

While fears of forced return have long haunted Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, including Lebanon and Turkey, Syrians granted asylum in Western Europe have generally been protected. This has begun to change over the past year as Denmark has slowly eroded protections offered to Syrian asylum seekers, leading many Syrians in Denmark to fear losing […]

Syrian victims of Iranian crimes should not be overlooked

Foreign involvement in the Syrian conflict can be traced to every corner of the globe, including Russia, Turkey, the United States, and neighboring countries such as Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran. Although the Syrian government is responsible for the largest portion of violations, those committed or supported by foreign states should not be ignored. The recent […]

REPORT RELEASE: SJAC Unmasks Decision-Makers Behind ISIS Brutality

The ISIS Bureau of Justice & Grievances played a central role in the governance and decision-making of administrative, civil, and criminal matters, terrorizing local communities by facilitating the establishment of the organization’s draconian rule over parts of Syria and Iraq, said the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) in a new report published today. The […]

The reality of displacement in Idlib: “Only the children were laughing”

The governorate of Idlib in northwest Syria has been under bombardment by Russian and Syrian forces since April of 2019, with an increased assault in December. Since December 16th, over 250,000 civilians have fled the bombardment in Idlib and many have been killed. One of SJAC’s team members based in Idlib was displaced from his […]

2019 Highlights: SJAC’s year in documentation, analysis, and research

Since its formation in 2012, SJAC has worked toward a Syria defined by justice, respect for human rights, and rule of law – where all Syrians live in peace. SJAC pursues this goal by focusing on three areas of work: documentation, analysis, and advocacy. In 2019, SJAC increased its documentation collection, grew its analysis team, […]

Myanmar at the ICJ – Is Syria Next?

The international community has been heavily criticized for failing to sufficiently respond to the plight of the Rohingya, Muslims who have been the subject of a campaign of mistreatment in Myanmar. However, last month, two important developments occurred. First, The Gambia filed a lawsuit against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and Aung […]

New report sheds light on Sednaya detention

Sednaya prison is a notorious military prison outside of Damascus, which former detainees have referred to as “the place where you moved in to die.” Last month, the Association of Detainees and the Missing in Sednaya Prison (ADMSP) released a new report, “Detention in Sednaya: Report on the Procedures and Consequences of Political Imprisonment,” providing […]

Former UN Envoy Rewrites History

Speaking at an event in London earlier this month, Staffan de Mistura, the former UN Special Envoy to Syria, told the audience his ‘real reason’ for resigning: “I felt the war territorially was leading to an end and having really fought against what happened in Aleppo, in Idlib, in Daraya, I could not be the […]