Report Release: Opportunities and Impediments to Civil Society – Criminal Tribunal Engagement

  Over the past two years, Syrian civil society organizations (CSOs), including SJAC, have been working with the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) to build a framework for collaboration. While there are many benefits of CSO collaboration with international criminal justice mechanisms (ICJMs), historically, close cooperation has been relatively rare. As a result, little […]

De Mistura’s Mistakes: What the New UN Special Envoy Should Learn from the Past Four Years

UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura during the Munich Security Conference in 2017. Source: Wikimedia   On November 1st, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Norwegian diplomat Geir Pedersen to the position of UN Special Envoy for Syria. As the international community prepares for Staffan de Mistura’s departure from the position at the […]

The World Must Not Ignore ISIS’s Crimes Against the Druze

A group of Druze-Americans participate in a ‘Free the Hostages’ protest at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by SJAC.   On July 25, ISIS attacked the Druze region of Sweida in southwestern Syria, leading to the deaths of over 200 people and the kidnapping of 30 civilians. While the initial attack was covered […]

What the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi Means for Syria

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to discuss the disappearance of Khashoggi. Photo credit: Wikipedia   It has been more than two weeks since the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and prominent critic of the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in particular. His disappearance […]

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 […]

The Dangers and Difficulties of Counting Victims in Syria

  The plight of thousands of detained Syrians has come to public attention in recent months, as the government has begun to update civil registries with previously unreported deaths in custody. Many of the news reports covering this issue include the number of those who are currently believed to be held in government-run detention facilities. […]

#EyesOnIdlib: Prioritizing Syria at the UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly Hall in New York City, where the high-level week will take place this month. Source: Wikimedia   Next week, heads of state and foreign ministers will gather at the United Nations in New York for the annual high-level week during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly. In the backdrop […]

“De Mistura: Your Silence was Better.”

Despite warnings from the international community, the Syrian government and Russian allies appear to be following through on threats to retake control of Idlib. On Tuesday, Syrian and Russian planes conducted airstrikes near Jisr al-Shughour on the outskirts of rebel-held territory, killing twelve civilians. The situation in Idlib remains dire. Population transfers have resulted in […]