Ten years on, Syrians hope for justice – in Germany

Syrians are marking 10 years since peaceful protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s government erupted in 2011.

Syrian campaigner Wafa Mustafa sits between pictures of victims of the Syrian regime as she holds a picture of her father, during a protest outside the trial against two alleged Syrian former intelligence officers accused of crimes against humanity, in the first trial of its kind to emerge from the Syrian conflict, on June 4, 2020, in Koblenz, western Germany [File: Thomas Lohnes/AFP]

The first trial of crimes against humanity in Syria is taking place — but not at the International Criminal Court. Ten years after the first protests in Syria, a tiny spark of accountability has been lit, with the trial of two Syrians who first came to Germany seeking asylum. On the anniversary of Syria’s uprising, we hear from a reporter who has been inside the court nearly every day of a harrowing trial, and from a woman who has staged her own vigil outside of it.

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In this episode:

Wafa Mustafa, Syrian activist; Hannah el-Hitami, journalist in Berlin, Germany.

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The team:

Alexandra Locke produced this episode with Priyanka Tilve, Negin Owliaei, Dina Kesbeh, Amy Walters, Ney Alvarez and Malika Bilal.

Alex Roldan is The Take’s sound designer. Tim St Clair mixed this episode. Natalia Aldana is the engagement producer. Stacey Samuel is The Take’s executive producer.

Source: Al Jazeera