Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice Visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice Visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

Click here to read the release The Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice (SCTJ) in cooperation with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) organized a study visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina, which ran between December 1 and 6, 2014. The SCTJ delegation included the Syrian Interim Government’s Minister for Justice, a member of the legal bureau of the Syrian National Coalition, in addition to a number of Syrian judges, lawyers, and representatives of Syrian NGOs involved in the documentation of human rights violations. The aim of the visit was to learn about the Bosnian experience in addressing the issue of […]

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Statement by the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice on International Human Rights Day

Statement by the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice on International Human Rights Day

Click here to read the release December 10, 2014 – Today marks the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Adopted following the horrors of World War II, the Declaration is a significant accomplishment for humankind. It was embraced by nations of the world as a common goal for all. Ever since its adoption, the Declaration has called upon every individual and every institution to promote these universal rights and freedoms. While Syria was one of the first states to ratify the Declaration, today the Syrian people are deprived of many of the Declaration’s most basic rights. The […]

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Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice Publishes New Report Concerning the State of Syrian Regime Prisons

Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice Publishes New Report Concerning the State of Syrian Regime Prisons

A new report into the conditions of Syrian prisons has been prepared by the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice. Abuses of prisoners held by the regime have been well documented since the beginning of the Syrian revolution. Earlier in 2014, a report prepared by London-based law firm, Carter-Ruck, brought to light the scale of the human rights abuses against detainees. This new report from the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice examines the international treaties concerning prisoners’ rights which Syria is bound by, the domestic laws intended to regulate prisoners, and the current realities of the prison system. The report draws […]

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SCTJ Statement about the International Coalition’s Military Campaign in Syria

SCTJ Statement about the International Coalition’s Military Campaign in Syria

Click here to read the release The International Coalition forces carried out a military campaign against the Islamic State (IS) or the formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Levant) (ISIS) or (ISIL) in Syria. The International Coalition began their first strikes on Monday September 22nd, 2014 at night. Initially, strikes were conducted using Tomahawk missiles in addition to a number of airstrikes. At the end of the month of September 2014, the first week of the campaign resulted in the killing of 39 civilians including children and women. On the first day of the strikes, Tuesday […]

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Regime’s Airstrikes Targeted a Bakery Killing Tens of Civilians and Wounding More than 80 People

Regime’s Airstrikes Targeted a Bakery Killing Tens of Civilians and Wounding More than 80 People

SCTJ Statement on al-Bab Massacre, September 18, 2014 in Aleppo Tens of innocent civilian victims in al-Bab city in Aleppo were killed due to barrel bomb airstrike by Assad regime forces. The strike targeted a queue of civilians waiting in line to buy bread from a bakery. The outcome of the strike resulted in high number of casualties and injuries. Not to mention the damages and the ruins in such condensed neighborhood which were caused by the barrel bomb. On Thursday 18 September, 2014, at approximately 10:00 AM the Syrian regime carried out an airstrike assault against the heavily populated […]

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Civilians in Ar-Raqqa Suffer from Regime Airstrikes and ISIS Besiege

Civilians in Ar-Raqqa Suffer from Regime Airstrikes and ISIS Besiege

SCTJ Statement on Ar-Raqqa Massacre, September 06, 2014 On Saturday September 06, 2014, Ar-Raqqa city witnessed a horrible massacre in which tens of civilians were killed by the Syrian regime warplanes. The Syrian regime targeted Al-Andalus bakery in Tal Abyad Street where civilians were standing in line to buy for bread. On the same day Ar-Raqqa, which is under the control of ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and Sham), was targeted with more than eight airstrikes. Most of these airstrikes killed civilians, not ISIS militants. At least 49 were killed by the airstrikes that targeted Ar-Raqqa on September 06, […]

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Regime’s Airstrikes Killed 10 Children and 5 Women in Deir Ezzor

Regime’s Airstrikes Killed 10 Children and 5 Women in Deir Ezzor

SCTJ Statement on Deir Ezzor Massacre On 3 September, 2014, the Syrian regime targeted many areas in the province of Deir Ezzor with heavy aerial bombardment via airstrikes. One of the strikes targeted a bus, which was carrying civilian passengers. The bus was travelling on the Damascus – Deir Ezzor highway and the outcome of the strike caused 10 children and five women to be killed instantly. Out of the fifteen victims, the following were identified: Aisha Ahmad Az-Zou’bi Yara Al-Omar Noura Al-Omar Ayman Al-Omar Kauthar Ali Al-Mekhlef Amina Al-Ali Al-Mekhlef Saif Ali Al-Mekhlef Hanaa Ali Al-Mekhlef Ayham Al-Hassan Marwa […]

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SCTJ Conducts a Workshop to Discuss the Central Database Project

SCTJ Conducts a Workshop to Discuss the Central Database Project

Click here to read the release On Tuesday 19 August, 2014, Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice (SCTJ) conducted a workshop to discuss the ongoing project of establishing a central database to document Human Rights violations in Syria. A number of activists and representatives of institutions and Human Rights groups working on documenting Human Rights Violations in Syria attended the workshop including the vice-president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Mrs. Noura Al-Amir, who attended to oversee the workflow of the project. At the opening session, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh indicated on the importance of the project for […]

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Syria in the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance

Syria in the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance

SCTJ Publishes a Report on Enforced Disappearance Due to the widespread perpetration of enforced disappearance in states ruled by dictators and military regimes such as Latin America, the United Nation declared the 30th of August to be international Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance. On this occasion, enforced disappearance in Syria should be highlighted as tens of thousands have become forcibly-disappeared over the past three years. The United Nations’ International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance classifies this crime as a crime against humanity because it entails many violations of human rights, which affect the […]

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One Year Has Passed with Silence and Inaction on the Syrian Chemical Massacre

One Year Has Passed with Silence and Inaction on the Syrian Chemical Massacre

SCTJ Statement about the Chemical Attack Against Al-Ghouta, Damascus The night of August 21, 2013 witnessed a new chapter in the book of crimes and a dangerous precedent in the 21st century. Syrian regime forces used internationally banned chemical weapons against the people of Eastern and Western Ghouta region in the Damascus suburbs. The attack resulted in thousands of exposures to sarin gas and the death of hundreds, if not thousands, of civilians, most of whom were women and children — this in an area that was already crippled by a long siege that had denied residents even the most […]

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On International Justice Day SCTJ President Calls for Justice in Syria

On International Justice Day SCTJ President Calls for Justice in Syria

Gaziantep, Turkey – On the occasion of International Justice Day, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, President of the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice, called for justice for the victims of the conflict in Syria and criticized the United Nations Security Council for its failure to refer widespread atrocities in Syria for investigation by the International Criminal Court. Speaking during a Google Hangout session arranged by the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Ziadeh explained that Syrian civilians have now “completely lost faith in the international system’s ability to bring about justice.” Following the events that transpired in Rwanda and Bosnia, the international community established […]

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Ziadeh Learns from Yemeni Transitional Justice Experience

Ziadeh Learns from Yemeni Transitional Justice Experience

Click here to read the release Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, president of the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice, visited Yemen to participate in a conference held by the Yemen Civic Culture Development and Minbar Alhurriyya. Dr. Ziadeh gave a lecture entitled “The Necessity of Transitional Justice Democratic Transitions in the Arab World” in which he explained the principle of transitional justice and its applications in several countries. He talked about the transitional justice experiences in South Africa, Rwanda, Morocco, and Tunisia and explained the relationship between political transition and transition justice. Additionally, Dr. Ziadeh explained the importance of the political forces’ […]

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Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice Visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice Visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

Click here to read the release On June 15-19, 2014, the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice (SCTJ), headed by Dr. Radwan Ziadeh and SCTJ staff, visited Bosnia and Herzegovina. The trip was organized and planned in cooperation with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP). The purpose of the visit was to learn about the Bosnian experience in the field of transitional justice, especially the enforced-disappearance file. The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is based in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo and works on locating and identifying persons missing as a result of armed conflicts, human rights abuses, and disasters. […]

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Ziadeh Learns from Tunisian Transitional Justice Experience

Ziadeh Learns from Tunisian Transitional Justice Experience

Click here to read the release On May 21-23, 2014, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, president of the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice (SCTJ) and executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), visited Tunisia to participate in a regional meeting that was held by International Coalition of Sites of Conscience and the Justice and Rehabilitation Association, an association established by former political prisoners to advocate for the rights of prisoners of conscience. Dr. Ziaden took part in a special training session on oral history, which aims to document the historical memory of the victims of conflict. The […]

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President of Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice Travels to Rwanda

President of Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice Travels to Rwanda

Ziadeh Meets with Rwandan Officials to Learn from Rwandan Transitional Justice Experience Washington, DC – April 7th, 2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, a tragedy in which more than a million Rwandan Tutsi and moderate Hutu were murdered by their Hutu countrymen. On March 16-22, 2014, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, president of the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice, visited the Republic of Rwanda to learn from the Rwandan transitional justice and reconciliation experience and apply lessons learned to the Syrian context. Throughout the weeklong trip, Dr. Ziadeh learned about truth-telling and memorialization efforts, visiting the Gisozi Genocide Memorial, […]

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Statement by the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice About the civilians Kidnapped in Latakia’s Suburbs

Statement by the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice About the civilians Kidnapped in Latakia’s Suburbs

Click to read the release An armed group that claims to be an opposition group against Assad Regime published a video footage dating to March 12, 2014. The view showed 97 detained civilians most of them are women and children. Those civilians have been kidnaped by that armed group since last August in Latakia suburb.

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Families of Victims of the Syrian Revolution Hold Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey

Families of Victims of the Syrian Revolution Hold Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey

Final Statement On February 8 – 9, 2014 a large number of family members of the victims of the Syrian revolution met in Istanbul, Turkey at the invitation of the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice and the Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Victims of the Syrian Revolution (ADVR). Faiz Al-Dahir, Minister of Justice of the Syrian Interim Government, attended as a representative of Prime Minister Ahmed Touma. The goal of the meeting was to finalize the establishment of ADVR.  ADVR seeks to be the voice of the victims of the revolution, who demand justice and equality, […]

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Establishing a Syrian Special Court and a Unified Database of Human Rights Violations

Establishing a Syrian Special Court and a Unified Database of Human Rights Violations

Final Statement: “Establishing a Syrian Special Court and a Unified Database of Human Rights Violations”  On February 6-7, 2014, representatives of Syrian judicial and legal councils, in addition to the Syrian human rights and civil society organizations, gathered at a conference in Istanbul, Turkey at the invitation of the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice and the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies. The conference, entitled “Establishing a Unified Database of Human Rights Violations in Syria” was attended by Dr. Ahmad Tou’ma, prime minister of the Syrian Interim Government, and Judge Fayez Ad-Dahy, the minister of Justice.  Attendees discussed the necessary […]

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Head of TJ Commission Visits South Africa

Head of TJ Commission Visits South Africa

Ziadeh Meets With Former Truth and Reconciliation Officials Washington, DC – From January 28 to February 3, 2014, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, head of the newly established Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice, visited the Republic of South Africa to learn from the South African reconciliation experience and apply lessons learned to the Syrian context. During the trip, Dr. Ziadeh participated in a multi-day conference held by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.Additionally he met with a variety of non-governmental organizations engaged in human rights, transitional justice, and national reconciliation, including: the International Center for Transitional Justice, Khulumani Support Group, the Legal Resources Center, and the Institute […]

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Families of Victims of the Syrian Revolution to establish an association to be the voice of Justice and Accountability

Families of Victims of the Syrian Revolution to establish an association to be the voice of Justice and Accountability

Istanbul, Turkey – The Association for the Defense of the Victims of the Syrian Revolution (ADVR) announced today that it would hold a large conference in Istanbul, Turkey on February 8-9, 2014. The conference, held in cooperation with the newly established Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice, will include the participation of a large number of family members of victims of the Syrian conflict. At the meeting, attendees will discuss the establishment of the association and ways to assure Justice and accountability. Additionally, the Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice will seek feedback from conference participants regarding their hopes for future transitional […]

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Syrian Lawyers and Judges to Establish Syrian Special Court

Syrian Lawyers and Judges to Establish Syrian Special Court

Special Court to Prosecute Perpetrators of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity Gaziantep, Turkey – The Syrian Commission for Transitional Justice and the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies announced today that it will hold a meeting on February 6 and 7 in Istanbul, Turkey for considering means of establishing a Syrian Special Court to prosecute perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria. Syrian lawyers, judges, human rights organizations, and victims of human rights abuses are expected to attend the gathering in order to provide insight into future Syrian accountability and reconciliation processes.  At the meeting, Syrian […]

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NPCTJ Visits Kingdom of Morocco

NPCTJ Visits Kingdom of Morocco

Preparatory Committee Learns from Moroccan TJ Experience On December 1-4, 2013, the National Preparatory Committee for Transitional Justice (NPCTJ) visited Morocco to learn about the significant role that Morocco has played in the field of transitional justice.  The NPCTJ was invited to visit Morocco by the president of the National Human Rights Councilin Morocco, Driss El Yazami.

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Establishment of “National Preparatory Committee for Transitional Justice” Announced in Istanbul, Turkey

Establishment of “National Preparatory Committee for Transitional Justice” Announced in Istanbul, Turkey

Syrian Judges, Lawyers, Activists to Prepare Plans for Post-Assad Judicial System and Reconciliation The Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) held its second conference on the post-Assad political transition in Syria. The conference, entitled “Transitional Justice in Syria: Accountability and Reconciliation,” was held in Istanbul, Turkey on January 26 and 27, 2013.

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Ziadeh Named Head of SCTJ

Ziadeh Named Head of SCTJ

Commission to Announce Action Plan for Transitional Justice in Syria Washington, DC – On November 14, 2013, following the first meeting of the government of Syrian interim Prime Minister Ahmed Touma,Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh was announced as the head of the Commission on Transitional Justice in Syria. The Commission on Transitional Justice is a new, independent body established by the Syrian interim government to lead the transitional justice and national reconciliation file in Syria. The commission, which will be headquartered in Gaziantep, Turkey on the Syrian border, announced that it would release an […]

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NPCTJ HOLDS FIRST MEETING IN CAIRO

NPCTJ HOLDS FIRST MEETING IN CAIRO

Syrian Experts to Consider Means of Bringing Assad and Regime Officials to the ICC The National Preparatory Committee for Transitional Justice (NPCTJ) held its first meeting in Cairo, Egypt on March 27-28, 2013, where the establishment of the committee was officially announced. At the meeting, the NPCTJ declared its intent to build programs and future plans for conducting a comprehensive transitional justice program in Syria. The National Preparatory Committee for Transitional Justice includes judges, lawyers, former political prisoners, and human rights activists in Syria. Publicly announced members include: Mr. Jamal Suliman (Actor and Public Figure) Dr. Hazim Nahar (Human Rights […]

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