Press Release – Refuge No More: The Danger of Forced Return to Syria

  “The international community should end the forced return of Syrian refugees,” said the Syria Justice and Accountability Center in a new report issued today marking the 21st World Refugee Day. The new report, “Refuge No More: The Danger of Forced Return to Syria,” documents the continuing danger of arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killing, and persecution […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Bashar Al-Assad makes an appearance

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN and EYAD AL-GHARIB  Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany  Trial Monitoring Report 34 Hearing Date: April 21, 2021  A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here. CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 71 – April 21, 2021 P33, […]

NGOs are Not Prepared to Fill the Gap if UN Votes to End Cross Border Aid

  Since the beginning of Syria’s conflict, international bodies have struggled to provide sufficient humanitarian aid to Syrians throughout the country. Humanitarian mechanisms and NGOs have encountered a host of problems, including, but not limited to, unstable security conditions on the ground, attacks against humanitarian aid personnel, insufficient donations, and challenges reaching those in remote […]

“We Are Not Like We Used to Be”: Syrian Responses to Documentation, Truth, and Reconciliation

  The process of post-conflict reconciliation is understood to go hand-in-hand with truth-seeking and remembrance of human rights abuses, in the hope that they will not be repeated. In Syria, however, the process the government calls “reconciliation” is actually one of forgetting: returning refugees are required to fill out a form disavowing any past oppositional […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: I Abandoned my Memories.

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 33 Hearing Dates: April 14 & 15, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 69 – April 14, 2021 P32, […]

Yazidi Survivors of ISIS are Still Waiting for International Support

  In the aftermath of the territorial defeat of ISIS, harrowing stories of Yazidi survivors of ISIS’s kidnappings and ethnic cleansing were shared around the world. On social media, Yazidi women newly freed from ISIS captivity, were seen receiving assistance and security assurances from the UN and humanitarian organizations. However, despite the promises made, many […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: “The Movie Director’s Funeral.”

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 32 Hearing Dates: April 7 and 8, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.    Summaries/Highlights:1 Trial Day 67 – April 7, 2021 P31 [name […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: An Invitation to Coffee at Al Khatib

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 31 Hearing Date: March 24, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here.   CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 66 – March 24, 2021 The witness who […]

Inside the Raslan Trial: Plaintiffs under Scrutiny

  TRIAL OF ANWAR RASLAN Higher Regional Court – Koblenz, Germany Trial Monitoring Report 30 Hearing Date: March 17, 2021 A full PDF of this report is available, here. All reports and witness lists are available, here. CAUTION: Some testimony includes descriptions of torture.   Summaries/Highlights:[1] Trial Day 65 – March 17, 2021 The plaintiff P30, a […]

Time to Focus on the Victims – on EU Day against Impunity

Trials concerning crimes against humanity, such as the one currently taking place in Koblenz, show that victims of core international crimes often do not know enough about their rights relating to support and participation, as well as consequences of their involvement as witnesses or plaintiffs. In recent years, European Union (EU) agencies such as Europol, […]