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The SJAC Weekly Update- June 11, 2013
With escalation looming, accountabilitymore urgent than ever
Violence in Syria looks about to geteven worse. Just as the UnitedStates andthe EU announce theywill
to rebel groups,reports
Iran will send in 4,000troops to support Al Assad.Meanwhile, both the opposition andthe regime (
)are preparing to wage a f ierce
, and last week’skillingsin Hatla underscore the ongoing sectarian dimension of the conflict.
With all signs pointing to escalating violence, Syrians are even more likely
to suffer human rights violations and greater incidence of other crimes.
But other than human rights-focused groups like Human Rights Watchand Amnesty International, most large organizations and governmentsonly condemn violations when it aligns with political ends. Russia, for instance, hasdownplayed
.” Simply put,geostrategic and military factors are of primary concern to most foreignactors. Clearly then, we must look elsewhere to advance effective humanrights and transitional justice efforts.Because, not despite, of the specter of escalation, now is a critical time tospread awareness about transitional justice mechanisms amongSyrians. Accountability and justice are important deterrents for continuedviolence. They’re also fundamental for future peace building efforts astransitional justiceprocesses help people rebuild their societies, deal with
the past, and find ways to move forward.Knowledge about transitional justice is quite limited, but it’s important for Syrians to know that crimes are not going undocumented and thatmechanisms designed to facilitate peace and reconciliation exist and canbe made use of as desired. Syrians who don’t know about truth-seeking,reparations, and possibilities for institutional reform, for instance, cannotdemand them. For Syrians who have seen only the rule of violence in
Transitional justiceworking groupmeetingsunderway
After this weekend's first meetingon prosecutions, Syrian andinternationalexperts will convenetomorrowand Thursday for aworking group discussingstrategies for reparations andmemorialization in Syria. Moreinformation forthcoming.
More resourcesavailable on theSJAC website
Visit the SJAC'sResourcespageto find documents inArabic and English ondocumentation and transitional justice. Above, the