On 30th July, LAW and EuroMed Feminist initiative (EFI) cohosted a closed online roundtable: Supporting a Survivor-led Justice Movement. The event brought Syrian survivors together with key actors who represent survivor movements in conflict-affected and post-conflict regions. Syrian survivors’ groups heard first-hand about the various approaches, challenges, and benefits of community organising to pursue justice during and after the Balkans conflict.
The roundtable was the first in a series of discussions aimed at cross-regional exchange and peer-to-peer learning on the strategies available for dealing with past violations and international crimes, both at the interpersonal level and at the level of legal and political advocacy.
Key matters considered included the challenges, lessons learned and positive experiences in:
- Organising effectively during different phases of conflict, with a focus on post-conflict organising;
- Engaging key stakeholders in justice strategies;
- Mitigating the security risks associated with human rights advocacy in a conflict and post-conflict setting; and
- The promise of healing and community-building through the pursuit of justice
One participant said:
“Thank you LAW for this amazing opportunity to discuss challenges and experiences with other survivor groups who lived through the war and understand what the Syrian people are going through.”