Documenting violations of human rights and crimes against humanity, in the midst of war, death and destruction, is both an utmost priority and an enormous challenge for those who seek justice. The Syrian conflict ranges among the best-documented conflicts ever. Yet with no end in sight, the civilians and activists who have up to this day collected millions of photos and thousands of videos and casualty lists, are losing faith in international accountability mechanisms, despite the small steps that are being taken.
Exposing perpetrators represents a fight against their impunity, but it is unclear whether evidence obtained through the documentation groups’ creative use of technology will be admissible in court – especially given the risk of doctored digital files.
While Syrian groups can help fill the gaps by collecting evidence, it needs political, legal and juridical efforts to improve and enhance international accountability and to solve the deadlock at present.
In this event, a panel of activists and experts will discuss the following questions: Are there justice measures complementary to the longer-term goal of criminal prosecution that can be implemented today using this data? What is the role of the political players, the local and international forces in Syria? And what role can Syrian survivors/witnesses and civil society play in such initiatives? Special attention will be paid to the gendered aspects of these questions: The majority of the documentation activists are men. Also, the majority of documentation related activities are not able to reach out to women. Why? With what consequences? And how can we support more women-inclusive related work?
- In englischer Sprache
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