Accountability for Mass Atrocities in Syria
Deliberate attacks on civilian infrastructure, indiscriminate bombings and the torture and execution of civilians are just some of the crimes committed by almost all conflict parties in Syria since 2011. Syrian activists have been documenting these crimes in order to one day bring those responsible to justice.
In March 2017, ECCHR together with seven Syrian torture survivors as well as the Syrian lawyers Anwar al-Bunni (Syrian Center for Legal Researches & Studies) and Mazen Darwish (Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Speech) submitted a first criminal complaint against six high-level officials of the Syrian Military Intelligence Service to the Federal Prosecutor in Germany.
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, ECCHR has since then worked on further criminal complaints addressing international crimes committed by the Syrian Air Force Intelligence in detention centers in various locations over the country, like Saydnaya military prison.
Torture under Assad: The long path to justice leads through Germany
ECCHR and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung conference: Towards Accountability for International Crimes in Syria
In November 2017, the Syrian Center for Legal Researches & Studies (SCLSR), the Syria Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), and ECCHR in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Amnesty International Germany, brought 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.
Towards Accountability for International Crimes in Syria (Part 1/2)
Towards Accountability for International Crimes in Syria (Part 2/2)
ECCHR and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung conference: Legal avenues to prosecute mass atrocities comitted in Syria
In March 2017, ECCHR and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung brought together survivors of torture and mass atrocities in Syria as well as Syrian lawyers, international activists and legal and political experts to discuss potential avenues for prosecution and the meaning of criminal accountability for the crimes committed in Syria.