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Bai Lowe (a "jungler" under Jammeh's dictatorship in Gambia), from behind (in hooded coat) during his trial in Celle (Germany), faces the judges.
Gambian trial in Germany: the thin line between witness and suspect
In Celle, Germany, a former member of Gambia’s notorious “Junglers” is accused of crimes against humanity. One of his former comrades, with a very similar…
A doctor holds a bloodstained open book in a hospital
Germany: When Syrian doctors became part of Assad’s terror
In Frankfurt, Germany, a Syrian doctor is accused of crimes against humanity. He is said to have tortured 18 prisoners in Syria’s military hospitals, depriving…
2 Syrian victims and activists demonstrate with signs outside the court in Koblenz, Germany, following the trial of Anwar Raslan
Anwar Raslan's conviction: "The beginning of a wider struggle"
In Koblenz, Germany, the al-Khatib trial has ended with a life sentence for main defendant Anwar Raslan. The judges found the ex-intelligence officer responsible for…
Anwar Raslan during his trial in Koblenz, Germany
Defence: “Raslan did whatever he could to help”
The final verdict in the first state torture trial for Syria is expected on January 13, in Koblenz, Germany. Last Thursday, the defence pleaded for…
Syrian Colonel Anwar Raslan handcuffed during his trial in Koblenz (Germany)
Prosecution: "Raslan was either powerless, or he wasn’t"
Today on January 6, the defense will make its closing arguments before the court in Koblenz, Germany. The trial against former Syrian secret service colonel…
A woman and young Yezidi refugee girls
Germany: First conviction for genocide against the Yazidi
In the German city of Frankfurt, Iraqi national Taha al-J. has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of a young Yazidi girl…
Anwar Raslan in the dock in Koblenz (Al-Khatib trial), Germany
Syrian torture trial in Germany: “Raslan was scared”
As the first Syrian state crimes trial in Europe is coming to an end, it is the defence’s turn to show the main defendant, Anwar…
Exterior view of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin
A castle full of stolen goods
Germany is the first country in Europe to announce the return of its share of Benin Bronzes to Nigeria by 2022. Thousands of these art…
The hands of a Syrian doctor with blood on his scrubs
Syrian trial in Germany: the role of doctors and hospitals in the Assad regime’s prison system
In the Al-Khatib trial in Koblenz, Germany, a doctor testified about treating prisoners in the Syrian Secret Service’s Branch 251. He reported severe injuries, and…
Demonstration in Damas, Syria
At the Syrian trial in Germany, personal encounters with Colonel Raslan
In Germany, the first trial on crimes by the Syrian regime has entered its second year. After establishing the structural context in which the crimes…
Sedra Alshehabi stands with a placard with the picture of her father Ali and a text reading 'First step but my father and 130000 are still in jail' after the verdict in the trail of Syrian defendant Eyad al-Gharib
Germany: Lessons from the first conviction of an agent of the Syrian regime
On February 24 Eyad al-Gharib was the first Syrian regime official to be convicted by a German court for aiding and abetting the torture and…
Syrian and Yazidi trials: why victims’ lawyers want sexual violence considered
Two landmark trials in Germany have been dealing with crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed in Syria and Iraq. So far, they have not…
Syrian trial in Germany: The orders that came from the very top
In the Al-Khatib trial against two former secret service officers from Syria, a witness has provided confidential documents issued by the Syrian regime. They would…
Syrian torture trial: the “Caesar” files in court for the first time
Last week in Koblenz, the renowned “Caesar” files were used as evidence in a court of law, for the first time. A forensic expert testified…
The Yazidi trial in Germany: How to prove genocide in a single case?
Little attention has been paid to a trial in Germany that could yet be the first to recognize as genocide the crime committed by Daesh…
Syria: a spotlight on a bureaucracy of mass killings
A Syrian government employee has testified anonymously, last week in the Al-Khatib trial in Koblenz (Germany), where two former secret service officers stand accused of…
The man who brought Raslan to Germany
In the Koblenz trial on Syrian state torture, the former secret service officer Anwar Raslan is accused of crimes against humanity. In 2014, he had…
Syrian torture trial in Germany: Insiders without protection
In the Koblenz trial on Syrian state torture, the first insider witnesses have appeared before the German judges. Two former secret service civil servants had…
Syria: the man in Raslan’s shadow - was he just following orders?
Eyad Al-Gharib is the less known defendant in the first trial dealing with Syrian state torture that opened in April in Germany. As a low-ranking…