Episode 7

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12th Jun 2020

Syrian Witnesses Speak

Last week in court was special: Syrian survivors spoke as witnesses for the first time. One of them, Feras Fayyad tells us about his experience testifying in court and opening up about being sexually violated at Branch 251. We talk to two experts who tell us more about sexual violence in international cases and how the Syrian regime has used it as a weapon of war against its own people. Also on the episode: Anwar al Bunni's moment in court that he has been waiting for for so long. He testified as an expert witness and had a lot to say to the judges.

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Some additional sources on this episode and the trial here:

More on our guest Feras Fayyad:

Our guest Alexandra Lily Kather shared these resources with us for further reading:

The announcement we mentioned on the podcast: https://www.ecchr.eu/nc/en/press-release/press-conference-germanys-role-in-the-investigation-and-prosecution-of-sexual-and-gender-based-violence-in-syria/

Our guest Anne Bernard of the New York Times shared these articles with us for further reading:

More on the 'Cesar' Photos:

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About the Podcast

Branch 251
Syrian Atrocity Crimes on Trial

Branch 251 takes you to the heart of the world’s first criminal trial dealing with atrocity crimes committed by Syrian officials.

Prosecutors in the German city of Koblenz accuse two alleged henchmen of the Syrian government of crimes against humanity committed at ‘Branch 251’ detention center near Damascus.

Branch 251 gives you a weekly update on the trial. With portraits of the main protagonists. Commentary, analysis, and testimony from the courtroom. Especially from victims and their families looking for justice. But will a German court in a city few people have heard of be able to deliver due process? Or are there too many obstacles looming on the horizon?



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About your hosts

Fritz Streiff

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Fritz is an atrocity crimes and human rights lawyer who has a big problem with global injustice. He is currently based in Paris, France.

International justice is his big passion. Though podcasts follow pretty closely.

Karam Shoumali

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Karam Shoumali is a multi-lingual Syrian researcher, journalist, and expert on Syrian and Kurdish politics and the Syrian diaspora. Born and raised in Syria, He has played a major role in The New York Times’ coverage of the Syrian war and the resulting refugee crisis in Europe and Germany.