Syria’s Untold Darkness: The Realities of Syria’s Disappeared, Arbitrarily Detained and their Families

Date and time: 
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - 08:30

The International Center for Transitional Justice presents a discussion around Bridges of Truth's most recent publication, A Guide to the Untold Darkness: The Realities of Syria's Disappeared, Arbitrarily Detained, and their Families.

The Bridges of Truth is a collaborative project between nine civil society organizations that have been working together in a partnership for four years to raise awareness about the plight of Syrian victims and inspire action to promote their rights and holistic justice for the crimes they have experienced. Each organization brings to the group a different mandate and unique set of strengths, but all are focused on promoting justice in the face of the widespread human rights violations being committed against Syrians.

Please join us on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, from 8:30 AM – 11:00 PM EST (4:30 PM – 7:00 PM Istanbul GMT+3) for a discussion on what Syrian families face as they work to navigate Syria’s forced disappearance on their journey from the immediate aftermath of the disappearance—and the frantic search for answers—through the painful process of settling the affairs of a disappeared person, and how they manage the stifling burden of trauma and despair.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Fernando Travesi, Executive Director - International Center for Transitional Justice

Paula Sastrowijoto, Deputy Envoy Syria-RegionalTeam - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands


Anna Myriam Roccatello, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs - International Center for Transitional Justice

Abdulkader Mando, Executive Director - Syrian Institute for Justice

Ahmad Al Khaldi, Field Coordinator - Center for Civil Society & Democracy

Malek Arsalan, Operations Manager - Dawlaty

Abdulrahman Dabbas, Director of Violations’ Documentation Operations - Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression

Nadine Obeydin, Member and Volunteer Researcher - Lawyers and Doctors for Human Rights

Oula Marwa, Protection Coordinator - Women Now for Development

Muthana Nasser, Civic Awareness Program Officer - Badael

Abbas Al Mousa, Bridges of Truth Project Coordinator - The Day After


Please RSVP to register and receive call-in details. For questions please email Nousha Kabawat at, or Qutaiba Idlbi at