Episode 1

Season Premiere: Latest from Koblenz and 2020 Review

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 menaprisonforum.org

Additional information on the topics discussed in the episode:

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

Long-form article in the New Yorker on CIJA's work: tinyurl.com/tbbskzp

On the question of the value of CIJA’s evidence: tinyurl.com/ya6jrt2r

Human Rights Watch’s @balkeesjarrah ‘The Netherlands’ Action Against Syria: A New Path to Justice’: tinyurl.com/y8b4aacy

More on the chemical weapons complaints in Germany: tinyurl.com/y5ukc696

Netherlands government press release: tinyurl.com/yb4bf9jj 

ECCHR trial updates: tinyurl.com/y3mvvccp

Syria Justice And Accountability Centre's monitoring of the trial: tinyurl.com/y88qz9c7


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Syrian Atrocity Crimes on Trial

About your hosts

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Fritz Streiff

Fritz is a human rights lawyer with a focus on investigations and case-building in the fields of atrocity crimes and anti-corruption. International justice is his big passion. Though podcasts follow pretty closely. He is currently based in Paris, France.

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Noor Hamadeh

Noor Hamadeh is a Syrian-American international lawyer and a nonresident fellow with the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy with a focus on business and human rights in Syria and the MENA region generally. Noor is now based in Chicago, IL
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Asser Khattab

Asser is a freelance journalist and researcher from Syria who has reported on the Middle East from Lebanon for the Washington Post and the Financial Times; from Syria for the Spanish News Agency and others. He now lives in Paris, France.
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Saleem Salameh

Saleem Salameh is an independent writer, filmmaker and podcast producer. Saleem joined multiple Arabic podcast platforms and released five different podcasts. He also trains newcomers and human rights activists on scriptwriting and podcast making. He is currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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Pauline Peek

Pauline Peek is a research assistant, production assistant and history student who also happens to possess a bachelor’s degree in singing. Originally from the Netherlands, she is currently based in Berlin, Germany.
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Hannah El-Hitami

Hannah is a German-Egyptian freelance journalist focused on sociopolitical topics from Arab countries, as well as migration and human rights issues. She has worked for the Amnesty Journal and published in Der Spiegel, Al Jazeera, Justice Info, among others. She is currently based in Berlin, Germany.