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Season Premiere: Latest from Koblenz and 2020 Review
Episode 118th December 2020 • Branch 251 • 75 Podcasts
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The podcast about the worldwide first criminal trial against Syrian regime officials is back! Just before the end of the year, the new team brings you this episode with an update on the most important developments of the trial in Koblenz from the past couple of months. To round things up, Noor, Asser and Fritz provide a review of what 2020 meant for the wider search for justice and accountability for crimes committed in Syria. And take a peek at next year, which will mark the 10 year anniversary of the Syrian revolution. 

For regular updates, you can follow us on Twitter @Branch_251

Today's episode was made possible with the kind support of the organization UMAM Documentation & Research. As part of UMAM's work on carceral and detention issues, their team just recently launched a new website for their project MENA Prison Forum. You can find a multimedia approach to the phenomenon of detention in the MENA region there: blogs, films, literature, audio and more. Check it out at

Additional information on the topics discussed in the episode:

Official website of the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA)

Long-form article in the New Yorker on CIJA's work:

On the question of the value of CIJA’s evidence:

Human Rights Watch’s @balkeesjarrah ‘The Netherlands’ Action Against Syria: A New Path to Justice’:

More on the chemical weapons complaints in Germany:

Netherlands government press release: 

ECCHR trial updates:

Syria Justice And Accountability Centre's monitoring of the trial:


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