NPWJ and ESDF organise side event on “Death Notifications and Negation of Justice in Syria”

25 Feb, 2019 | Press Releases

Geneva, UNHRC, 40th Session, Palais des Nations, 25 February 2019
On the occasion of the 40th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, No Peace Without Justice and the Euro-Syrian Democratic Forum are convening a side Event on “Death Notifications and Negation of Justice in Syria”, to be held on Monday 25 February 2019 (from 16:30 – 18:00, Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, United Nations Office in Geneva). The meeting is co-sponsored by the Governments of Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Liechtenstein, Netherlands and Sweden.

Panelists of the meeting, co-Chaired by Niccolò Figà-Talamanca, Secretary General No Peace Without Justice and Hussein Sabbagh, Secretary General of Euro-Syrian Democratic Forum, include Karen Koning Abuzayd, Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria (CoI); Fadel Abdul Ghany, Syrian Network for Human Rights; Ghaffran Kholani, eyewitness; Emad Eddin Al Rachid, Syrian Association for Missing and Conscience Detainees. Welcome remarks will be made by H.E. Anders Samuelsen, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Denmark; H. E. Anders Samuelsen, Danish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Closing remarks were made by H. E. Terhi Hakala, Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Finland.

By focusing on the status of detainees, victims of enforced and arbitrary detention and their families and the long-terms effects on Syrian society, this event will provide a platform to discuss how enforced disappearances, indiscriminate arrests and torture can directly infringe the human rights of relatives of the deceased, including their housing, land, and property rights. In addition, the event opens up the important discussions on the way forward for Syrian families as well as Syrian society as a whole.


For further information, please contact Gianluca Eramo (MENA Democracy program Director) on or Nicola Giovannini (Press & Public Affairs Coordinator) on