Reports & Papers

This 20-page paper analyses the role businesspersons have been playing in displacement and HLP rights abuses, and its impact on the Danish programme, in particular in the thematic area of “Peacebuilding and Justice”.
This short paper discusses the restitution of property as the cornerstone of any post-conflict agreement in Syria. While this will be a complex exercise, argues the author, adherence to the UN’s Principles on Housing and Property Restitution for Refugees and Displaced Persons (Pinheiro) Principles is set to be critical.
This 43-page report form a series of guidelines providing a comprehensive technical standard operating procedure for shelter repair and rehabilitation programmes in Syria.
This paper outlines how Syria can develop more liveable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable places in the post-conflict phase. It projects four scenarios, each with varying numbers and characteristics of returning refugees and IDPs. Next, it compares the returnees' potential residential patterns and urban concentration to Zipf's Law, a normalised distribution of ‘ideal’ city sizes.
Syria’s civil war has been marked by brutal chemical and air attacks on civilians, widespread human rights violations, and urbicidal attacks—those intended to destroy both the built environment of urban centers and their distinctive ideological and cultural features. As open conflict in Syria draws to a halting close, human rights activists must pay urgent attention to the methods of reconstruction and property restitution contemplated and initiated in the postwar period, given the widespread destruction of Syria’s cities and the expropriation of civilian property.