• Final Report of the IPT 1965: Findings and Documents of the IPT 1965

    29 May 2017

    This is the Final Report of the Judges who participated in the hearings held in the Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague, Netherlands from 10 to13 November 2015.   Before the hearings, the judges received the Indictment and Prosecution Brief, as well as extensive background documentary material in the form of a Research Report of over six hundred pages.

    During the four days of hearings, the judges heard the oral submissions of the prosecutors, as well as the testimony and responses to questions of more than 20 witnesses (some of whom testified with their identities protected under pseudonyms and/or behind screens). The judges also received several hundred pages of documents, tendered as evidence. The prosecution presented its case as nine counts, alleging the commission of the following crimes against humanity: (1) Murder, (2) Enslavement, (3) Imprisonment, (4) Torture, (5) Sexual Violence, (6) Persecution, (7) Enforced Disappearance, (8) Hate Propaganda and (9) Complicity of Other States.

    Following the hearings, the judges examined the evidence and supporting material further, in their preparation of this Report. Helen Jarvis and John Gittings prepared and edited the Report, assisted by Shadi Sadr, Mireille Fanon-Mendes France and Zak Yacoob. Judge Yacoob provided a legal overview of the text. The Report amplifies and provides reasoned justification for the Judges’ Concluding Statement, delivered during the final session of the hearings on 13 November 2015 (see A3 below). It begins by addressing the overarching question of responsibility for the mass murders and other crimes; it then focuses on the counts presented by the Prosecution and in an amicus curiae Brief submitted to the Tribunal; and concludes with a series of findings and recommendations.

    It is regrettable that the State of Indonesia did not accept the invitation to participate in the hearings or make submissions to the Tribunal. The governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, also did not accept the invitation extended by the Tribunal. The judges welcomed the willingness of individual members of Indonesian National Human Rights Commission, Komnas HAM, and the National Commission on Violence Against Women, Komnas Perempuan, to brief the Tribunal.

  • Prosecuting Syrian war crimes before European courts

    29 May 2017

    Lecture by Wolfgang Kaleck
    director of the ECCHR
    May 29 2017
    5 – 7 pm
    Law Faculty University of Amsterdam
    Room A1.28
    Wolfgang Kaleck founded the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) together with other internationally renowned lawyers in Berlin in 2007. ECCHR is an independent organization that works with lawyers and groups around the world to take legal proceedings against state and non-state actors for their roles in crimes against international law.
    Since there is little prospect of accountability at the international level, Syrians are looking at the principle of Universal Jurisdiction as a tool for third states to prosecute perpetrators of international crimes committed in Syria. Prosecutors in Germany, France, Sweden, Netherlands and Spain and other EU countries are currently monitoring, investigating and prosecuting crimes that have been committed since the conflict erupted in 2011. ECCHR has been investigating crimes committed by all parties in the Syrian conflict since 2012. Together with torture survivors and human rights activists the organization submitted the first criminal complaint against six high-level officials of the Syrian Military Intelligence Service to the Office of the Federal Prosecutor in March 2017.
    Kaleck will discuss this case, ECCHR’s strategic considerations and the potential effects and impact. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Syrian and Dutch lawyers, academics, NGO’s, and students/staff of the Law Faculty and anyone interested in the topic.
    Please register by sending an e-mail to: Looking forward to seeing you all in Amsterdam on the 29th of May!

  • New! Nuhanovic Foundation expands legal database on reparations for war victims with information on Syria and Drones

    21 April 2017

    Nuhanovic Foundation has expanded its reparations legal database with two most topical issues: Syria and Drones. Here, you can find up to date information on reparations for victims of both the Syrian Conflict and (covert U.S.) drone strikes. The information embedded in these new databases - put together by students in international humanitarian law of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and by interns of the Nuhanovic Foundation and the War Reparations Centre of the UvA - is clustered in 5 categories: legal instruments, reports, academic articles, case law and books.

  • The legal labyrinth of the Syrian conflict - Lecture

    1 January 1970

    The UvA War Reparations Centre and the Syria Legal Network invite you to a special lecture by Terry Gill, Professor of Military Law at the University of Amsterdam.
    Professor Terry Gill is the author of ‘Classifying the conflict in Syria’, on the classification of the conflict and its consequences (International Law Studies, US Naval War College, Volume 92, 2016).    
    The lecture is followed by the launching of the Syria Legal Database, an up to date collection of reports and academic articles on legal analysis of the Syrian conflict, put together by UvA students international humanitarian law and interns of the Nuhanovic Foundation, the War Reparations Centre.    
    Moderator is dr. Frederiek de Vlaming, director of the Nuhanovic Foundation and War Reparations Centre.
    English spoken, Arabic translation available
    Everybody is welcome but please let us know if you will be attending by sending an e-mail to:
    Room C 2.23
    Oudemanhuispoort 4-6 | 1012 CN Amsterdam
    +31 (0)20 525 3361

  • Round Table ‘Strategic Human Rights Litigation’ - Symposium

    17 February 2017

    The Nuhanovic Foundation organizes Round Table 'Strategic Human Rights Litigation'
    17Feb2017- 18Feb2017

    Prof. Duffy will present her report on the impact of strategic human rights litigation (SHRL).
    Based on experience to date, how should we understand the potential and limitations of the role of the courts in effecting human rights change? How should we understand ‘strategic’ litigation and what impact - positive or negative - has that litigation had, and what factors have influenced this? What are some of the challenges that arise in practice in protecting and promoting human rights through litigation? What strategies have enhanced the effectiveness of SHRL as a tool for legal, social or political change?
    These are some of the important questions participants to this Round Table will seek to answer. It will provide participating human rights practitioners, academics and activists with an opportunity to exchange experience and strategic thinking on the burgeoning field of SHRL.
    This event is organized by the War Reparations Centre of UvA and the Nuhanovic Foundation, in cooperation with Professor Helen Duffy.
    About the speaker
    Prof. Helen Duffy is Professor of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights at Leiden University. She also runs Human Rights in Practice, an international practice based in the Hague that specializes in strategic litigation before regional and international human rights courts and bodies.
    More about the speaker

    The event is closed. If you are interested in participating please contact the organizers Frederiek de Vlaming ( and Nienke van der Have (
    Location: Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam

  • Lecture by Syrian human rights lawyer Anwar Al-Bunni: the situation in Syria and accountability for international crimes

    14 December 2016

    Wednesday the 14th of December, 4-5.30 pm
    Amnesty International, Keizersgracht 177, 1016 DR Amsterdam    
    To register, send e-mail to
    More info on Facebook or
    Organized by Nuhanovic Foundation, Syria Legal, Amnesty International

  • International People’s Tribunal on Crimes against Humanity Indonesia 1965 judgement available

    12 September 2016

    The International People’s Tribunal on Crimes against Humanity Indonesia 1965 - judgement available now! Also see website Tribunal 1965.

  • Lecture on War Crimes accountability Syria

    22 August 2016

    Lecture 26 August 2016

    Accountability for war crimes: the case of Syria by Mohammad Al Abdallah Executive Director of the Syria Justice and Accountability Center Organized by the War Reparations Center (UvA), Syria Legal Network-NL and the Nuhanovic Foundation  26 August

    12.00 to 13.00 pm Location: Law Faculty UvA Oudemanhuispoort 4-6 Room TBA Contact and registration or


  • International People’s Tribunal on Crimes against Humanity Indonesia 1965 judgement out!

    20 July 2016

    July 20: International People’s Tribunal on Crimes against Humanity Indonesia 1965 judgement out! NF & War Reparations Centre organize special meeting Universiteitsbibliotheek of the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
    8.50 a.m., free entrance, Dutch spoken!

  • Syria event Kriterion

    20 June 2016

    War Reparations Centre

    20 June 2016: Nuhanovic Foundation co-hosted a public event on International Investigations into War Crimes in Syria.

    More Information: Facebook.
    Location: KRITERION Cinema - Roetersstraat 170, Amsterdam