Accountability for ISIS: victims’ rights first

Panel Discussion - 

ISIS has been militarily defeated, but its victims in Iraq and Syria are still seeking truth, justice and redress. Debates over how and where to try ISIS criminals are led by states that prioritise their own interests, overshadowing those of victims. This discussion will broaden the debate as members of directly affected communities express their views and demands.

 About the speakers

  • Basma Aldakhi comes from the Yazidi community in Iraq, which was singled out for unspeakable crimes by ISIS. She now works as a peace mediator in northern Iraq.
  • Khalil Alhaj Saleh is a Syrian activist from Raqqa, a former ISIS stronghold. His brother was kidnapped in 2013 and he now heads an association for family members of those disappeared by ISIS.
  • Mazen Darwish, executive director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, is a Syrian lawyer and activist known for his work bringing Syrian war criminals to account in European courts.
  • Frances Topham Smallwood, MENA program officer at Impunity Watch, will moderate the discussion.

This event is co-organised by Impunity Watch, PAX, and the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression.