On 10 February 2021, five organisations of victims and their families virtually launched the Truth and Justice Charter which reflects their common vision on how to advance victims’ rights and the cause of justice and truth in Syria. The Charter sets revealing the truth, ensuring justice for the detained and the forcibly disappeared and their families, and holding violators accountable as the building blocks for lasting peace in Syria. The organisations placed the voices and demands of the survivors, the victims, the detained, and the forcibly disappeared and their families at the forefront of any lasting political solution in Syria. The Charter is meant to serve as a joint roadmap for the organisations of victims and their families. It is also intended as a reference and a strategic vision available to all stakeholders, human rights organisations, policy makers and decision makers involved in such processes.
How can we rebuild our country while more than half a million people have been arrested? Upon which mass grave will we place the new buildings’ foundations?
The victims and their families must be at the centre of a true process of justice, truth, and accountability in order to uphold their rights and lay the groundwork for a Syria that respects the dignity of its citizens.