Joumana Seif

Syrian lawyer and activist, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

Region(s): Middle East
Country of focus: Syria
Based in Berlin

Details

Current Occupation: Syrian lawyer and activist, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights
Organization/Institution: European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights
Language: English, Arabic

Media

A Political Solution in Syria is a long way off  International Politics and Society June 15, 2021

Lawyering for Change: Q&A with Joumana Seif on Syria The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Apr 29, 2021

For Syrians, the road to justice begins in Europe France24 March 09, 2021
Syrian Ex-Officer Is Convicted in First Trial of Assad Regime Torture Wall Street Journal Feb 24, 2021

Words against Silence Syrian Center for Legal Studies and Research March 2020

Assad’s henchmen: The painstaking hunt for Syrian war criminals in Europe The New Arab July 30, 2020

Can Syrian sexual violence survivors get justice in Germany? Deutsche Welle DW.com June 2020

 

Joumana Seif  (@SeifJoumana) is a Syrian activist and lawyer. She is a Research Fellow with the International Crimes and Accountability program at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. She co-authored, with Wejdan Nassif, Words against Silence, a report on the imprisonment of activists in Syria.

She is a co-founder of the Syrian Women’s Network and the Syrian Women’s Political Movement— Syria’s first women-led political movement. Joumana is also the Chairperson of The Day After , an organization founded in 2012 to support a democratic  transition in Syria.

Joumana comes from a politically active family. Her father, a dissident Member of Parliament, went to prison multiple times for his criticism of the Assad regime, and the family’s textile factory was taxed into bankruptcy. In 2012, Joumana fled to Berlin, Germany, where she works to bring women’s voices into peace negotiations and to end the devastating war in Syria. Since 2017, she has worked with the International Crimes and Accountability program of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, focusing on sexual and gender-based violence committed in Syrian detention facilities.