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International Support For The Syria Justice And Accountability Center

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 18, 2012


Under the sponsorship of the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America, and the co-chairmanship of the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights and the Syria Justice & Accountability Center (SJAC), a conference in support of the SJAC was held Friday, September 14th in Rabat, Morocco.

Forty governments and organizations participated in the conference, including Angola, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, the Moroccan Organization for Human Rights, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, as well as the League of Arab States, the European Union, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

All conference participants condemned the grave human rights violations committed against the Syrian people, and called for an end to violence. They agreed upon the urgent need to document violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Syria, in order to support future transitional justice processes that might be adopted by the Syrian people.

The conference participants expressed strong support for the SJAC’s work to address this urgent need, and pledged to contribute more than $3 million to support the Center, as well as in-kind contributions of transitional justice and human rights experts to train and serve as SJAC staff. Participants also expressed their sincere commitment to continuing to raise the importance of protecting the universal human rights of the Syrian people in all forums.

For more information about the SJAC, please visit

PRN: 2012/1457


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