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Since the outbreak of violence in Syria in 2011, the Museum has sought to educate the general public on the crimes against humanity and war crimes being committed against Syrian civilians by the Assad regime and its allies, stimulate policy considerations for efforts to save civilian lives there, give voice to the victims, and support efforts to pursue justice for these crimes. All of the Museum’s activities on Syria are predicated on the belief that the global response to the crisis has been woefully insufficient and a stain on our collective conscience. Learn more about Syria below.

Statements on Syria

The Museum solemnly remembers the victims of mass atrocities in Syria and renews its call for more robust efforts to protect civilians from further bombardment, fully meet the humanitarian needs of displaced communities, and redouble efforts to achieve a lasting political settlement.

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What's happening now?

Updates on the Museum's ongoing work on Syria from the Preventing Genocide blog.

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Read news coverage of the Museum's work on the Syrian conflict.


Sectarian Violence in Syria's Civil War: Causes, Consequences, and Recommendations for Mitigation

This 2013 study, by noted Syrian expert Frederic C. Hof, concluded the longer the conflict in Syria continues, the greater the danger becomes that mass sectarian violence against civilians could result in genocidal violence in certain areas.

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Allies Against Atrocities: The Imperative for Transatlantic Cooperation to Prevent and Stop Mass Killings

Fellows Tod Lindberg and Lee Feinstein examined the challenges and imperatives in creating a deeper and more effective transatlantic commitment to atrocity prevention. Their work undertook a deep analysis of the conflict in Syria where US and international atrocity prevention efforts failed to live up to the promise of Never Again.

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When Nazi symbols are openly used to promote hate, that’s a warning to all of us. Knowledge is power—donate today to fight back.