Symposium: Accounting for Human Rights Violations in Syria

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

St. Paul, MN & Washington, DC – Throughout the over three years of conflict in Syria, survivors, witnesses, journalists, humanitarian aid providers, the United Nations, and human rights fact-finders have reported prolonged, widespread, and systematic violations of human rights, including the pervasive use of torture, attacks on medical facilities and personnel, and frequent targeting of civilians, including children. Today, as the humanitarian situation within the country continues to deteriorate, millions of internally displaced persons and refugees in the region—particularly women and children—remain in a protracted state of displacement and limbo, struggling to meet their basic needs.

A group of experts will discuss  the short and long term consequences of the egregious violations of human rights being committed in Syria, as well as steps that are—or can be—taken to document, account for and eventually seek justice for crimes committed on all sides of the conflict.


Panel I: Human Rights Violations and Their Consequences (10:00AM – 12:00PM)

Lunch & Keynote (12:15 – 1:30PM)

Panel II: Documentation and Accountability (1:45 – 3:30PM)

WHAT:  Symposium: Accounting for Human Rights Violations in Syria

WHEN:  Friday, May 16, 2014
            10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:  1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
              7th Floor
              Washington, DC

The briefing is sponsored by the Center for Victims of Torture and Physicians for Human Rights.

The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit headquartered in St. Paul, MN with an office in Washington, D.C. and healing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East. Visit



Brad Robideau
brobideau [at]


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