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Breaking Free, Releasing Joy: Detention and Disappearance During the Syrian Conflict

A Public Discussion hosted by the Gender & Diversity Hub of the Maison de la paix and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Since the start of the current conflict in Syria, more than 115,000 civilians have been detained or have disappeared. Families, women’s groups, and other civil society organizations have stressed that addressing the issues of detention and disappearance is fundamental to bringing about peace and justice to Syrian society. In view of the Syrian Peace Talks in Geneva scheduled to start on February 23rd, this event will shed light on the memories and struggles of Syria’s detained and disappeared persons. It will provide an opportunity for their families and Syrian civil society groups to discuss the ways forward.


Fleur Heyworth, Gender and Security Cluster Leader, GCSP


Amneh Khoulani, Women Now for Development

Fadwa Mahmoud, Dissident and member of the banned Communist Action Party

Noura Ghazi, Lawyer and human rights activist


Fadel Abdel-Ghani, Executive Director of the Syrian Network for Human Rights

Laila Alodaat, Crisis response Program Manager at WILPF

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GCSP, Maison de la paix

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