Accountability for torture in Syria – Sweden's role in the struggle against impunity


20.02.2019, 18:00 Uhr

Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm, Sweden

Torture, enforced disappearances and executions of political opponents, journalists, and other civilians are only some of the crimes committed by the government of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad and the other sides of the conflict.

Here you can find the Arabic invitation.

These grave crimes widely go unpunished in Syria. Therefore, torture survivors, relatives, human rights defenders, and lawyers have been documenting the crimes in order to bring those responsible to justice outside Syria – for example by using legal means in Europe.

Several European states opened criminal investigations to hold those to account who have committed international crimes. As a result, perpetrators from different parties to the conflict were convicted. In Sweden, this could be made possible through the principle of universal jurisdiction, which allows Swedish authorities to investigate and conduct judicial proceedings in relation to international crimes. In other European countries such as Germany and France, criminal complaints have contributed to arrest warrants against key figures within Assad's torture system.

Welcome to an event that will discuss what role Sweden can play in the international efforts to hold to account those responsible for some of the most egregious crimes of our times. Among the speakers are torture survivors, representatives from Syrian and European human rights organizations.

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Here you can find the Arabic invitation.

The event is organized by Civil Rights Defenders and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

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