As the Syrian crisis is in its eighth year, civilians continue to bear the brunt of the conflict with more than 13 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, over 6 million people internally displaced and more than 5 million refugees. Even if the conflict goes on, civilians are still in need of basic services such as marking the births of their children or even proving who they are with an identification.
Starting in 2014, ILAC has been helping support civil registration services in Syria. We presently finance 14 documentation centres and four sub-centres in areas where these services have been cut off from the national civil registry. In total, ILAC-supported documentation centres have issued over 240,000 documents.
The documentation centres provide the most basic and necessary services so that people can prove their identify. The most important documents these centres provide are individual statements and family statements, as well as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and death certificates.
In 2017, ILAC expanded our activities to support Syrian legal professionals who will be instrumental in restoring the justice system in a transitional justice process. Our activities are multi-faceted and includes:
- Supporting Syrian justice sector professionals to preform basic duties and maintain their skills and professional knowledge of the judicial profession;
- Helping Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries get access to higher legal education; and
- Working with Syrian justice sector professionals to effectively engage with relevant international and national human rights and accountability mechanisms.
Syria Rule of Law and Justice Sector Assessment
In 2017, ILAC launched a Rule of Law Assessment in Syria. The report highlights how justice is administered throughout Syria after six years of conflict. ILAC’s Rule of Law Assessment Report, Syria 2017 provides a baseline for future reconciliation efforts with a
comprehensive, publicly available account of the current state of the Syrian justice sector. The assessment also informed the projects implemented by ILAC’s five member organisations, and is hoped to provide a baseline for future reconciliation efforts.
Our Members and Partners
ILAC’s support to Syria is a joint collaboration between the Swedish International Development Cooperation, ILAC and our member organisations, including: American Bar Association Rule of Law Institute; Central and European Law Initiative; International Bridges to Justice, International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI).
ILAC also partners with local bar associations, and local administrative bodies in Syria.
For more information about the ILAC’s work in Syria, please contact Guro Wiik (firstname.lastname@example.org), Programme Manager.