Please note: This panel discussion will be offered in person on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus at 1010 Weiser Hall (500 Church Street) and will be simultaneously available via Zoom Webinar.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required if you intend to participate virtually. Once you've registered, the joining information will be sent to your email. Register at: https://myumi.ch/qgV9V
The Donia Human Rights Center will follow state, local, and University of Michigan guidelines for in-person events.
The decade-long civil war in Syria has been characterized by human rights atrocities on an enormous scale, including the deaths, disappearances, forced displacement, and torture of tens of thousands of Syrians. What are the possibilities for gathering evidence of such atrocities and holding individuals accountable for them? These questions will be explored by the founder and director of the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC), which collects and preserves evidence of human rights abuses committed by all parties to the decade-long conflict. We will explore the opportunities for and and barriers to safeguarding forensic evidence and the historical record and generating new approaches to transitional justice based on the unique needs of Syrians. These challenges include the obstacles to documenters on the ground as well as the proper role of international and foreign organizations in accountability processes.
Featuring: Mohammad Al Abdallah, Executive Director, Syria Justice and Accountability Centre
Commentator: Leigh Pearce, PhD, MPH, Professor, Epidemiology, U-M School of Public Health
This event is co-sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Weiser Diplomacy Center and International Policy Center, Law School Center for International and Comparative Law, and U-M School of Public Health.