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.
Now, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung are bringing 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. 

Crime, Perpetrators and those implicated in the conflict in Syria

Survivors, lawyers and activists report from Syria

Universal Jurisdiction as a means of prosecuting human rights violation in Syria

Legal Action against the US Torture Program

In October 2015 ECCHR hosted a conference with the two former Guantánamo detainees Murat Kurnaz and Mourad Benchellali, their lawyers from Spain and France as well as representatives from the Center for Constitutional Rights, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Together they discussed recent developments in the US after the release of the CIA torture report in December 2014 as well as litigation in Europe.

The Rights of Torture Survivors

As part on the ECCHR's work on torture, Morenike Fajana, trainee in the Education Program, produced a video on the rights of torture victims. With the help of compelling interviews with experts and victims, the video explains the obligations which the UN Anti-Torture Convention (CAT) requires from the State Parties and illustrates the difficulties torture victims face to achieve justice.

Video on the ICC submission regarding British war crimes in Iraq