"The Torture Survivors Suing the Assad Regime" by Atika shubert and Eliza Mackintosh, CNN
A case has opened in Germany accusing six high-ranking officials close to Syrian president Bashar Al Assad's Regime of brutal beatings, sexual violence, and systematic torture. Six ex-detainees' complaints are associated with three Damascus prisons- branches 215, 227 and 235 -- between October 2011 and July 2015.
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SETF continues to work very hard alongside Ambassador Rapp, Caesar, and Sami, as well as law firms and governments, in order to support ongoing cases and to initiate new ones helping the people of Syria find justice for the crimes perpetrated by the Assad Regime.
The Syrian Emergency Task Force is proud to have contributed to Michael Petrou's article, "Exodus" which was recently published by the National Post.
Journalist Michael Petrou is this year's R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellow. His project chronicles the stories of displaced Syrians, particularly those who remain in the Middle East, dramatically transforming that region. Petrou travelled to Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon to document this mass exodus first-hand. Brice Hall is the illustrator and digital designer for this project. Please take time to read his incredible accounts and stories of the Syrian people he met here.
The Syrian Emergency Task Force organized an event in Malaysia, "Torture in Syria & The Caesar Files," an awareness initiative on the plight of the Syrian people inflicted through the ongoing civil war. The session moderated by Juliet Jacobs of BFM89.9 and the panel discussion included Mouaz Moustafa, executive director of SETF, Mazen Al Hummada, Assad torture survivor, and YB Nurul Uzzah Anwar.
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May 16, 2017
US HOLOCAUST MUSEUM PRESS RELEASE:
SYRIAN REGIME’S POTENTIAL USE OF CREMATORIA PART OF ONGOING CAMPAIGN OF ATROCITIES
WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum welcomes the State Department’s release of previously classified imagery pointing to the suspected construction and use of a crematorium at one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’smost notorious and deadly torture facilities, Sednaya prison.
The Administration’s release of this imagery adds to the extensive information about the nature of the crimes Assad’s security forces have been committing against regime opponents and civilians in these secret facilities since the start of the conflict in 2011. Some of the earliest evidence of the Assad regime’s crimes have been on display at the Museum since 2015, including photographs of torture and death in these facilities which were smuggled out of the country by a former regime photographer code-named Caesar. These photographs constitute the most comprehensive evidence of the regime’s widespread and systematic targeting of Syrian civilians.
For six years the Assad regime has been committing crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Syrian people through tactics that include torture and murder, aerial bombardment, the use of chemical weapons, and the besieging of whole communities.
The State Department’s revelation that the regime is now taking extraordinary efforts to cover up its crimes, through the suspected use of crematoria, demonstrate why it is all the more important to redouble efforts to bring the conflict to an end and investigate, document, and hold accountable those who direct and carry out these widespread atrocities.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hate, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information visit, ushmm.org.
Congressional leaders in both chambers are ready to roll out new sanctions on Syria, Al-Monitor has learned.
Written by Julian Pecquet, congressional correspondent for Al-Monitor
Differences in how to counter the Bashar al-Assad regime's Russian patron, however, may cause delays despite widespread bipartisan support for forcing the Trump administration to get tough on Damascus.
The top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs panel, Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., said he is getting ready to reintroduce legislation that passed the House by voice vote in November. The bill was named after a dissident Syrian army photographer nicknamed "Caesar"; Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told Caesar in a Dec. 1 phone call that he would do his best to get the bill passed, according to a source who was briefed on the call.
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