The Syrian Journalists Association attended part of the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva discussing the report of the International Independent Investigation Commission on Syria.
Representing SJA were its president and vice-president, Ali Eid and Dina AbouHosn who met a number a number of officials of the Organization and the committees emanating from it, as well as delegates from Member States.
On the side-lines of the meeting on Monday, September 18, representatives SJA met with Valentina Falco, the head of the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, who showed an interest in following up the violations against journalists, as well as the case of journalists who were abducted or declared missing. An full file on violations against journalists since 2011, and a list of missing journalists was handed over.
The report includes comprehensive documentation of the total violations of journalists, which exceeded one thousand during the period between 2011 and August 2017, as well as nominating the parties responsible for these violations. The report documents that the Syrian regime is the party that records the highest number of killings and arrests of journalists.
SJA participation came at the invitation of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM). SCM holds consultative status with the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The move comes within the framework of uniting efforts to defend the detained and missing journalists, as well as upping the efforts to call for justice and the prevention of impunity for perpetrators of violations and crimes in Syria.
A meeting was held between the representatives of SJA and SCM to coordinate on a follow up mechanism aimed at defending and protecting journalists, proposing communication mechanisms and the formation of a working group to defend the cause of the Syrian people.