Syria and the region

Our Lebanon-based Desk combines in-depth analysis of the conflict in Syria and the region with capacity development and advice for humanitarian actors.

For greater protection in the conflict in Syria and the region

More than ten years after the outbreak of the armed conflict in Syria, the humanitarian needs of people affected by the violence remain staggering in terms of scale, severity, and complexity.

The Lebanon Desk of the Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre works with partners in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey to enhance humanitarian protection and generate greater respect for international humanitarian law in Syria. We engage primarily with the humanitarian sector, but also with governments and state armed forces, non-state armed groups, civil society, legal professionals, and the media.

IHL analysis and legal advice for humanitarian actors

We provide in-depth analysis and advice to the humanitarian community on specific questions related to international humanitarian law (IHL) in Syria. We have, for example, supported senior UN officials on legal issues relating to cross-border operations and advised humanitarian organisations on the legality of including demining equipment within humanitarian convoys. We have also examined the international legal framework applicable to the forcible recruitment of adults by Non-State Armed Groups in addition to clarifying the legal status of ISIS foreign fighters and ISIS-affiliated foreign women and children held in detention in North East Syria under international humanitarian law, detailing the minimum standard of treatment owed to all detainees under IHL in the context of a non-international armed conflict.

A classroom of a legal training, conducted by the Diakonia Centre for International Humanitarian Law in Lebanon.

IHL capacity development

We conduct trainings on IHL for humanitarian organisations, students, and other partners. Through our interventions, participants become trainers themselves within their institutions, which ensures a wide and sustainable transfer of knowledge.

Enhance IHL protection for vulnerable groups

Strengthening the protection of vulnerable groups in the Syria conflict is a primary concern for the Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre in Lebanon. We have identified the issue of missing persons in Syria as a priority and work with local and international actors to improve policies, share information between organisations, and engage in joint advocacy campaigns.