The Syrian Women’s Political Movement statement on the briefing of the UN Special Envoy for Syria and the usage of “restorative justice” term

In his briefing, submitted to the Security Council on December 16, 2020, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. “Ger Pederson”, presented an overview of the papers presented by the three delegations to the Constitutional Committee based on the last round, which was held between November 30 – December 4, in its’ Context, the briefing mentioned the term “restorative justice”.

The contentious term mentioning aroused controversy between the civil society members and the UN envoy on what is claimed to be a technical mistranslation.  A statement was issued by the UN envoy’s office on 18 December explaining that the Term under discussion was never mentioned by any civil society group members neither in their voice statements nor the written ones.

The Syrian Women’s Political Movement stresses on the principle of transitional justice and accountability for criminals because restorative justice does not bring sustainable peace, reparation nor can it defuse the conflict, but rather fuel it, in addition to the fact that property is the right of the citizens, and we cannot decide for them the compensation for it.

The SWPM expresses its concern that international bodies will or might adopt the “restorative justice” term,  and drop “transitional justice” which is the gate for the Syrian solution.

Long live Syria, land and people

The General Secretariat of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement

Saturday 19 December 2020