Online side event: For peace and justice tomorrow, address property rights today

18 Mar 2021 | Online

Organized By : Impunity Watch

Impunity Watch, PEL – Civil Waves and PAX invite you to an online side event to the Brussels V Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region,” at 15.00 CET on Thursday 18 March 2021:

Affected communities speak out: For peace and justice tomorrow, address property rights today

There is growing recognition among Syrians and the international community that unaddressed challenges to property rights and the impediments they pose to the return of refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) have become major obstacles to peace and justice in Syria. In 2020, the Brussels IV Conference co-chairs called for “respect for housing, land and property rights, including notably for women, [and] further stressed that housing, land and property rights and their restitution are a core factor for the rebuilding of Syrian society. These are a cornerstone for ensuring society’s stability and enabling Syrians to plan for a future life together in peace and dignity.”

This side event, featuring an all-Syrian panel of civil society and affected community representatives, will highlight key developments regarding HLP rights violations in Syria since Brussels IV, give a forum for the experiences and demands of communities targeted or disproportionately affected by HLP rights violations, and make practical recommendations to conference delegates to address past and ongoing HLP rights violations and prevent further abuses occurring.

Please RSVP here by 5pm CET on Wednesday, 17 March 2021. Prior registration is required to attend. Joining instructions will follow via email. 


- Abdullah al-Khatib, Palestinian-Syrian activist and social researcher based in Germany. Co-founder of the Watad Center of Training and Development in southern Damascus and Sard.

- Ferhad Ahma, Kurdish-Syrian activist and translator based in Germany. He worked previously in the media and the synchronization of documentaries. He is co-founder and director of PÊL - Civil Waves, a civic organization promoting social cohesion, youth and women empowerment in northeastern Syria. PÊL is also documenting violations of HLP rights in northeastern Syria. Ahma was previously an elected member of the city council in Berlin-Mitte.

- Lama Sulaiman, Palestinian-Syrian architect. Based in Germany and currently pursuing her master’s degree in urban planning at the Technical University of Stuttgart, with focus on utilizing urban planning for peace making in the post conflict in Syria.

The event will be moderated by Sawsan Abou Zainedin, Syrian architect and urban development practitioner whose work tackles the impact of urban processes and reconstruction efforts on social justice, social cohesion, and good governance.