HSP Seminar (#245)”‘Syria Crisis’ and the Findings of UN Commission of Inquiry: Prospect of International Prosecution”


It is seven years since the conflict started in Syria, shocking the world community for the brutality suffered by the civilian population combined with the persistent inaction by powerful States.
In Japan, the media reports on the conflict itself, but it is often not discussed further. The focus of the Japanese media and public is on the humanitarian condition and aid.
This seminar attempts to go further and discuss about violations of international law and the extent of resulting civilian suffering. It has three objects:
1. To provide facts about the kinds and extent of violence that has happened in Syria. For that purpose, the seminar invites a former member of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria (CoI), which investigated alleged violations of international law.
2. To facilitate active international law discussion on Syria.
3. To see prospect of pursuing accountability for violations of international law.

* This event will be run under ‘Chatham House Rule’.

Date: March, 21, 2018(Wed, public holiday)16:00 – 20:30
Venue: Bldg 5, Room 524, Komaba Campus, University of Tokyo
Lecturer: Saleyah Ahasan (Emergency Medicine Doctor, former People’s Convoy to Syria)

Former Member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria

Representative of UN-OHCHR Syria Office

Ai Kihara-Hunt (Associate Professor, the University of Tokyo)

Commentator: Kanae Doi (Japan Director, Human Rights Watch)
Moderator: Icchiku Yamada (Representative, Stand with Syria Japan)
Language: English/Japanese (translation will be provided for English speeches)
Organizers: Graduate Program on Human Security, University of Tokyo (HSP); Stand with Syria Japan (SSJ)
Co-organizers: Human Rights Watch;

Research Center for Sustainable Peace, Institute of Advanced Global Studies (IAGS), University of Tokyo

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