The Lemkin Reunion, 5th Annual Meeting. Reconstruction in Syria: compensating the victims or consolidating genocide?
March 19 – 20, 2019
March 2019 marks eight years since people in a wide web of villages and cities across the Syrian landscape took to the streets in defiance of the Assad family’s rule. Initially responding with gunfire, imprisonment and torture, the regime’s strategy evolved into the carpet bombing and mass destruction of whole rural and urban communities, culminating in the forced transfer of all remaining residents from areas such as Ghouta and eastern Aleppo, which remain largely uninhabited. Although the fighting has ebbed, the war in Syria has not ended and a political settlement has not been reached. The near ten million displaced, mainly in harsh conditions in and around Syria, do not feel safe to return to their neighbourhoods and villages. However, the Syrian government has promulgated laws enabling the construction of development projects where displaced communities once resided with no or few guarantees of compensation for displaced property owners. One such project, Marota City, plotted over the demolished informal district of Basateen al-Razi, is already under construction. What will reconstruction under the current conditions serve? Under what conditions can reconstruction in Syria be equitable?
Each year the Shattuck Center hosts the Lemkin Reunion, a gathering named in honor of Raphael Lemkin, the Polish lawyer who lost his family in the Holocaust and first coined the word genocide. He campaigned tirelessly during his life to ensure that the crime of genocide was codified as an international crime. The Lemkin Reunion gathers policymakers involved in responding to atrocity crimes and assesses the lessons they learned.
Participatory Planning System for Aleppo Workshop
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 6:00pm
As part of the Aleppo project activities, the Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery (Shattuck CCNR) at the Central European University (CEU) is pleased to invite you to attend a workshop to establish a participatory planning system for the city of Aleppo. The workshop will take place in Berlin on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 12:00 – 18:00.