Berlin

Towards Accountability for International Crimes in Syria

discussion

08.11.2017, 00:00 Uhr

As one of the few countries with pure universal jurisdiction legislation, Germany is playing a key role in the fight for accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria. In the course of an ongoing structural investigation concerned with international crimes committed by the Syrian government, the Office of the German Federal Prosecutor heard testimonies from torture survivors who, together with Syrian lawyers Anwar al-Bunni (Syrian Center for Legal Research & Studies, SCLSR), Mazen Darwish (Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, SCM) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), filed a criminal complaint against senior officials in the Syrian Military Intelligence Service in March 2017. As a further step, the group around Syrian military defector “Caesar” filed a criminal complaint together with ECCHR in September 2017.
 
Thanks to the tireless work of Al-Bunni and Darwish and the support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, ECCHR has since then worked on further criminal complaints addressing international crimes committed by the Syrian government in detention centers in various locations over the country.
 
On 8 November 2017, SCLSR, SCM, and ECCHR will, in cooperation with Amnesty International Germany, and Heinrich Böll Foundation, bring together stakeholders from Syria as well as from the national and international level including Catherine Marchi-Uhel, Head of the UN International Impartial Independent Mechanism Investigating Serious Crimes in Syria.
 
Together, we will reflect on the ongoing and possible future efforts for accountability in Syria. The first panel will be lead by Syrian torture survivors and activists, who are at the heart of the criminal complaints in Germany against high ranking officials of the Assad government. The second discussion will shed light on gaps in documentation and challenges of preserving evidence in the context of judicial action addressing international crimes committed in Syria.

Berlin

Deadly dam collapse in Brazil: Are German companies responsible?

discussion

22.10.2019, 19:00 Uhr

Tagungswerk
Lindenstraße 85, 10969 Berlin

In January 2019, a dam burst at an iron ore mine near Brumadinho, Brazil, killing more than 270 people. The toxic sludge polluted large sections of the Paraopeba River, poisoning thousands of people's...

Berlin

Colonial Repercussions V: The Case of Namibia

Symposium

29.11.2019, 14:00 Uhr

Akademie der Künste (AdK)

The issue of (post-)colonial injustice is more present than ever before in German and European legal and cultural policy debates. Still, this development towards addressing the past has not had much...

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