Thursday, October 28, 2021

Germany Is Holding Syrian Officials Accountable For Alleged War Crimes

10 years ago, when the Syrian regime sent tanks and warplanes to stop an uprising, it sparked a bloody civil war that is still ongoing.

Many anti-government protesters were brought to detention facilities where they were imprisoned and tortured. Now, there’s hope that Syrian officials will be held accountable for their war crimes.

A trial is being held in Germany because the country adopted “universal jurisdiction,” which allows them to prosecute crimes against humanity that happened anywhere, even if the perpetrators and plaintiffs are not citizens.

NPR’s Deborah Amos has been following this story and spoke to witnesses who, despite being fearful of intimidation and retaliation, are speaking up in court.

In participating regions, you’ll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what’s going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Lee Hale. It was edited by Larry Kaplow, Brianna Scott and Fatma Tanis. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.[SOURCE]


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