Foreword

ICC Juridical mandate on war crimes committed in Syria


Including Pro-justice, 44 Syrian civil society groups sends a letter to the Office of The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. The groups lent in the letter full support to the Article 15 Communication submitted by the Guernica Centre for International Justice with regards to the jurisdiction of the ICC over the hideous crimes committed against the Syria civilian population. For the last 8 years, the 44 leading human rights, advocacy, and accountability groups said, “Syrians have lost so much. They have been tortured and killed. They have been forcibly displaced. They have been targeted. All of that happened and continues to happen with absolute impunity to the perpetrators. Ruling for the ICC jurisdiction mandate to include those crimes is a crucial step towards justice in Syria. The ICC has the mandate to investigate such crimes, and it needs to fulfil this mandate. In an increasingly gloomy situation, this comes as a spark of hope.” The signatories hoped to hearing some positive news for Justice in Syria soon as we renew our readiness to share evidences Syrians risked their lives to document and protect over the years; if it would mean that justice will be served.

April 1, 2019


ICC Juridical mandate on war crimes committed in Syria

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Including Pro-justice, 44 Syrian civil society groups sends a letter to the Office of The Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. The groups lent in the letter full support to the Article 15 Communication submitted  by the Guernica Centre for International Justice with regards to the jurisdiction of the ICC over the hideous crimes committed against the Syria civilian population.

For the last 8 years, the 44 leading human rights, advocacy, and accountability groups said, “Syrians have lost so much. They have been tortured and killed. They have been forcibly displaced. They have been targeted. All of that happened and continues to happen with absolute impunity to the perpetrators. Ruling for the ICC jurisdiction mandate to include those crimes is a crucial step towards justice in Syria. The ICC has the mandate to investigate such crimes, and it needs to fulfil this mandate. In an increasingly gloomy situation, this comes as a spark of hope.”

The signatories hoped to hearing some positive news for Justice in Syria soon as we renew our readiness to share evidences Syrians risked their lives to document and protect over the years; if it would mean that justice will be served.

To Pro-justice, the signatories included:

  1. Alkawakibi Organization For Human Rights
  2. Association of Detainees & Missing in Seydnaya Prison
  3. Badael
  4. Barchava Organisation
  5. Basamat for Development
  6. Baytna Syria
  7. Caesar Families Association
  8. Center for Civil Society and Democracy
  9. Civil Waves
  10. Dawlaty
  11. Families for Freedom
  12. Fraternity Foundation for Human Rights
  13. Freie Deutsch Syrische Gesellschaft e.V in Hamburg
  14. Kawakby Center for Trasitional Justice & Human Rights
  15. Kesh Malek
  16. Lawyers & Doctors for Human Rights
  17. Local Administration Councils Unit
  18. Local Development and Small-Projects Support
  19. MAF – Syrian Organisation for Human Rights
  20. Mena Rights Group -Based in Geneva
  21. Musawat Organisation
  22. NoPhotoZone Organisation
  23. Peace & Civil Society Center
  24. Pro-Justice Organisation
  25. Rethink Rebuild Society
  26. SHAML Coalition
  27. Syrian Center for Legal Studies and Researches
  28. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression
  29. Syrian Emergency Task Force
  30. Syrian Feminist Lobby
  31. Syrian Forum
  32. Syrian Lawyers
  33. Syrian Lawyers
  34. Syrian League for Citizenship
  35. Syrian League for Human Rights and Accountability
  36. Syrian Legal Development Program
  37. Syrian Legal Network – Netherlands
  38. Syrian Network for Human RIghts
  39. Syrian Women Network
  40. The Day After
  41. Union de Coordination des Syriens a Travers le Monde
  42. Urnamu for Justice and Human Rights
  43. White Helmets – Syrian Civil Defense
  44. Women Now For Development (WND)