The ongoing conflict in Syria has destroyed countless lives, families, and communities, and perpetrators have shown a disturbing disregard for international human rights and international humanitarian law.
Attacks on schools are some oft-overlooked aspects of these violations, and the wanton destruction of schools has had an enormous impact on students, teachers, parents, and the fabric of Syrian society.
In the face of such violence, the international community must come together and do its part to denounce the massive violations of human rights.
The launch for the Save Syrian Schools report happened on September 10, 2018, at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut. The report findings were presented, and the event also included live testimony from Syrian victims on the human impact of attacks on schools, as well as a screening of “Waiting for the Bus,” a short film featuring Syrian children in Lebanese refugee camps.
In Geneva, on March 22, 2018, the Save Syrian Schools organizations demanded justice for attacks on schools and an end to the killing of children in Syria. At the Forum Genève, Syrian victims shared their experiences in a public hearing-style event examining the impact of the destruction of schools before a global audience that included activists, policymakers, and international organizations.
The Panel of Conscience was presided over by:
Navanethem “Navi” Pillay, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights?Pablo De Greiff, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence?David Tolbert, President of the International Center for Transitional Justice
Together, the audience and panel we listened to victims, and committed to ensuring that their voices, experiences, and priorities are an integral part of any steps toward achieving justice and accountability, as well as preventing the recurrence of conflict in Syria.
ICTJ is grateful for the partnership and leadership support of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Government of Sweden; support from the Australian Government, the Government of Canada, and the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust; and project assistance provided by the Government of Switzerland.
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