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Online

Organized By : Impunity Watch

On 25 May 2021, five Syrian victims and survivors-led organisations: Association of Detainees and Missing Persons in Sednaya Prison; Caesar Families Association; Coalition of Families of Persons Kidnapped by ISIS (Massar); Families for Freedom; and Ta’afi Initiative will brief the public on a recent study conducted by Professor Jeremy Sarkin, former chair of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), to address the detainees and disappeared crisis in Syria.

The study launch will take place at 4 pm CET on Tuesday 25 May via the Zoom online meeting platform and will last for 90 minutes. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided between Arabic and English. The event will be also mainstreamed live on Facebook.

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The launch of the study will feature representatives from the five victims associations and Professor Jeremy Sarkin.nRepresentatives of Three Syrian victims and survivors-led organisations will brief the audience on the study and sharentheir demands.

Presentations by:
- Professor Jeremy Sarkin, former chair of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID)
- Ahmad Helmi, Ta'afi Initiative
- Yasmen Almashan, Caesar Families
Association
- Amnah Kholani, Families for Freedom


**Cover Photo Credits ® Najah al-Bukai**


Online

Organized By : Impunity Watch

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Syrian revolution, the Association of Detainees and Missing Persons in Sednaya Prison, the Caesar Families Association, the Coalition of Families of Persons Kidnapped by ISIS (Massar), Families for Freedom and Ta’afi cordially invite you to a public side-event to the Brussels V conference on "Supporting the future of Syria and the region."

On 10 February 2021, five Syrian victim groups launched the Truth and Justice Charter, which generated significant interest from policymakers, the media, and the Syrian and international civil society. These same victim organisations are organising this side-event to present their vision and demands for truth and justice in Syria and make practical recommendations for policy action to realise this vision.

This side-event provides an opportunity for representatives of international organisations and states participating in the conference to consult directly with victim groups on the issue of enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention in Syria in order to take tangible steps to achieve the commitments made during earlier Brussels conferences.

Presentations by:
- Ahmad Helmi, Ta'afi Initiative
- Maryam Alhallak, Caesar Families Association

Respondents:
- Catherine Marchi-Uhel, International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) – Syria
- Representative of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria
- Gregory Galligan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada
- Marieke Wierda, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
- Representative of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
- Cristian Rivier, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
-Representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – Syria

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 11 am EST / 4 pm GMT+1. This side event is hosted by Impunity Watch and PAX.

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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. 

Speakers:

- 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.



Online

Organized By : Impunity Watch

There is growing recognition among Syrians and the international community that unaddressed challenges to property rights and the increasing impediments they pose to the return of refugees and internally displaced people (I DPs) have become major obstacles to peace and justice in Syria. This virtual event will bring together representatives from affected communities and Syrian and international experts to explore steps to address HLP rights violations, including putting HLP rights at the centre of negotiations for a political settlement, and ensuring that property records are protected, violations are investigated, and perpetrators are held accountable.

Speakers

Welcome and introductory remarks

Ms. Frances Topham Smallwood, Impunity Watch
Ms. Marjolein Wijninckx, PAX

Recorded video briefings
Ms. Mouna Khaity, Women Now
Mr. Abdullah Khatib, Filmmaker and peace activist

Moderated panel featuring
Ms. Krystel Bassil, Syrian Legal Development Programme (SLDP)
Mr. Ahmad Helmi, Kesh Malek/Taʼafi
Ms. Sawsan Abou Zeinedin, Sakan Housing Communities and Qibaa

RSVP: http://bit.ly/SyriaHLPRights
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