Impunity Watch and PAX supported the efforts of a team of Palestinian-Syrian researchers to collect hours of first-hand testimony of the experiences of Palestinian Syrians from Yarmouk Camp, from its establishment in 1948 to the battles and sieges of the Syrian conflict post-2011, its occupation by ISIS and finally its re-occupation by the Syrian regime and near-emptying of its residents who had lived there for generations.
The report focuses on the means Palestinian-Syrians have used to secure their housing, land and property (HLP) rights and the challenges they face in this complex context, aiming to give more space to voices from Yarmouk – not only as sources but also as producers of knowledge.
Palestinian-Syrians face unique but poorly understood challenges as regards respect for their HLP rights, resulting from their unique legal situation in Syria as well as issues common to all Syrians such as loss of documentation and the predatory policies of the regime. The report presents recommendations that different stakeholders should take to ensure Palestinian HLP rights in Syria are protected and violations are addressed in a participatory and comprehensive way.
The report was written by Abdallah al-Khateeb, Ansar Jasim and Abdulrahman Shaheen.
Virtual launch (Zoom)
April 13th Time: 14.00 – 15.30 (CET)
Impunity Watch and PAX will launch the report virtually via Zoom. During this conversation, the authors of the report, Abdallah al-Khateeb, Ansar Jasem and Abdulrahman Shaheen will present their findings. A former resident of Yarmouk will share their experiences. Mette Lundsfryd Stendevad will give her expert view.
Sawsan Abou Zainedin will moderate the event.
You can register for the event here.
You can read or download the report Twice dispossessed: Palestinian refugees in Syria deprived of housing, land and property rights. Yarmouk camp as a case study here.
The Arabic version of the report can be read and downloaded here.