7/31/13 10:57 AMThe Shallow and Deep Ends of Transitional Justice- The SJAC Weekly UpdatePage 1 of 2http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=60569b6d523ba80f46a288a64&id=80dd496eb6&e=d22ed61cbd
The SJAC Weekly Update- July 30, 2013
At the outset of 2013, the SJACcommented on the need tokeep upthe momentumof transitional justiceefforts in Syria. We wrote that“talking about transitional justice inthe future is good, but it is theconcrete efforts that Syrians aremaking today to document anddisseminate information that willdrive the success of transitional justice enterprises.” Now, six months on,it’s clear that such efforts are indeed progressing. Not only is the lip-service paid to transitional justice on the rise, but Syria is also witnessingthe more meaningful establishment of organizations devoted to variousaspects of transitional justice. These developments are worthy of r ecognition, but also invite a sober assessment of the work yet to bedone.A useful window into the current environment is an article by AmnestyInternational’s Kristyan Benedict, titled “Lessons in the Laws of War - ANew Syrian Group takes on the Challenge.” The piece sheds light on anew organization, theSyrian Legal Development Programme, which wasestablished to “promote the non-state armed groups' understanding of theInternational Humanitarian Law through on-going training.” Benedict’sarticle isworth a read, not only for details on the still young SLDP, but for the context it provides on accountability efforts, obstacles, andopportunities for Syrian-led human rights work..There’s no shortage of examples demonstrating therise of transitional
justice work. Several transitional justice offices, for instance, have beenrecently established by rebels and other local groups. The HamzaBrigade has established a new office of transitional justice in Tabqa, andthe Sharia Court of Tel Abyad also has a transitional justice office, asdoes the Local Council of Deir Ezzoor. But many groups are having onlylimited success putting those principals into practice. Some offices,comments SJAC data analyst Husam AlKatlaby, do not always reflect
On Thursday, the SyrianCommission for Justice andAccountability (SCJA) will hosta briefing on the war crimesand crimes against humanityinvestigations in Syria fromNovember 2011 to the present.Topics will include the originsof the programme, objectives,modus operandi, andinternational cooperation.
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