The meeting aims to highlight the prevailing impunity in Syria with regard to the past and continued commission of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, including war crimes and crimes against humanity. The international community must step up its efforts and do more to prevent and hold accountable the perpetrators of these heinous crimes. Victims and their families deserve justice. While there has been welcome progress on fighting impunity through proceedings in courts outside of Syria, these developments only begin to address a fraction of the situation.
The meeting addresses the need to reinvigorate discussions in the Security Council on accountability in Syria, and for the Council to assume its responsibilities in this regard.
The debate will be chaired by Ambassador Sven Jürgenson.
The open Arria-formula meeting will take place on 29 November 2021, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in person in the ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters in New York.
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The meeting is oraganised by UN Security Council member Estonia together with France, the United Kingdom and the United States, with additional co-sponsors Belgium, Canada, Germany, Georgia, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Qatar, Sweden and Turkey.
- Ms Catherine Marchi-Uhel, Head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for Syria (IIIM)
- Prof. Claus Kress, Professor of Criminal Law and Public International Law, University of Cologne
- Mr Omar Alshogre, Syrian refugee, human rights activist
- Ms Waad Al-Kateab, Syrian journalist and film director