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The Importance of Professional Expertise in Gathering Evidence of Mass Atrocities


Justice for core international crimes committed in places like Syria is currently non-existent. Yet, should our frustration with this lack of accountability lead us to alter widely-accepted rule of law practices in seeking that accountability? This is the concern raised by Caroline Fehl and Eliska Mockova in “Chasing Justice for Syria,” published by the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt.…   continue »

The Women and Children Returning Home from the “Caliphate”


A new report on the Islamic State’s foreign fighters, released today by the Soufan Group, highlights an often overlooked population: the women and children who joined or were born into the group.

Along with male fighters, they are included among the 5,600 citizens or residents from 33 countries who have returned home after joining the Islamic State (also know as ISIS or ISIL) in Syria and Iraq.  continue »

What next for Raqqa?

The military battle for Raqqa city appears to be over. The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), with support from the US-led coalition, seized the Raqqa National Hospital, one of the last bastions of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the city earlier today.…   continue »

New UN Team Investigating ISIS Atrocities Raises Questions About Justice in Iraq and Beyond


On September 21, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed resolution 2379 to pursue accountability for atrocity crimes perpetrated in Iraq by the Islamic State (also called ISIS, ISIL or Da’esh). The resolution, in paragraph 2, requests the UN Secretary-General

to establish an Investigative Team, headed by a Special Adviser, to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL (Da’esh) accountable by collecting, preserving, and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL (Da’esh) in Iraq .

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Protecting Civilians Critical to Syria Talks’ Success


“They will kill us all,” Ahmad, a Syrian aid worker, told me last month, referring to the many armed parties to the Syrian conflict.

We were talking about Idlib, a province in northwest Syria that is home to around 2 million people, about half of whom are displaced, and is mostly under the control of Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), widely acknowledged to be affiliated with al-Qaeda.…   continue »