Syria: Justice and Accountability Centre

The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is a multi-laterally supported organisation that will collect, collate, receive, process, analyse, and securely store information, evidence, documentation and other materials relating to violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Syria. The SJAC will serve as a coordinating mechanism for organisations and individuals that are already engaged in the documentation of human rights abuses, providing an electronic repository for information as well as identifying and addressing crucial gaps. The purpose of the SJAC’s analyses is to identify patterns of events, crimes, and capture a historical record of victims’ experiences in view of a broad range of future accountability and transitional justice processes.

Overview
Founded in 2012, the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is a multi-laterally supported organization that collects, collates, receives, processes, analyzes, and securely stores information, evidence, documentation and other materials relating to violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Syria. Based in Lyon, France, the SJAC serves as a coordinating mechanism for organizations and individuals that are already engaged in the documentation of human rights abuses, providing an electronic repository for information as well as identifying and addressing crucial gaps. The purpose of the SJAC’s analyses is to identify patterns of events, crimes, and capture a historical record of victims’ experiences in view of a broad range of future accountability and transitional justice processes.

Background
The idea for the SJAC first emerged during the second Friends of Syria meeting in April 2012. The Friends of the Syrian People envisioned that the SJAC promote accountability and justice for Syria through the establishment of an independent and multi-lateral institution, cooperation among actors working on human rights and accountability efforts for Syria, the development of a credible information repository on violations of human rights and humanitarian law related to Syria, as well as through the expertise of its staff and partners.

The SJAC became operational in July 2012 when its international implementing partners and the SJAC Executive Director hired key staff, launched the SJAC’s programming, began registering the institution in Lyon, France, and began conducting outreach and fundraising activities. The SJAC has been successful in securing financial and political support from a wide range of countries and multi-lateral organizations.

Under the guidance of a Board of Directors (BoD), comprised of transitional justice and Syrian experts, the SJAC is driven by the following vision and mission.

The Vision
The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) envisions a Syria where people live in a state defined by justice, respect for human rights and the rule of law; where perpetrators of human rights abuses are held accountable; and victims are recognized and compensated for violations they have suffered.

The Mission
to promote justice and accountability in Syria through ensuring that all violations of international criminal, humanitarian, and human rights law are documented, that civil society and other relevant actors work effectively together, and that data and expertise are available to serve as a deterrent to continuing abuses and for future accountability and transitional justice efforts.

IREX Europe is provided technical support to the SJAC to establish its project offices in Lyon, France.

For more information about the SJAC, please visit http://syriaaccountability.org/



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