Article written by Adam Entous from the Washington Post.
The first criminal case in a Western court against members of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government began with a WhatsApp message.
Amal was alone in her hairdresser shop in a working-class neighborhood of Madrid when she clicked on the link. The face of her long-lost brother, Abdul, popped up on her smartphone.
Amal and her younger brother, Abdul, were inseparable growing up in an upper-class home in a village in Idlib province in northwestern Syria. Amal left Syria at the age of 19, following her fiance, a medical student, to Spain and later she became a Spanish citizen. Read full article here...
1/29/2017 Washington Post | Josh Rogin
The Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria has had a quiet but well-funded lobbying effort in Washington since well before he began murdering his own people. But that influence campaign’s clearest triumph came only this month, when it succeeded in bringing Rep Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) to Damascus and having her parrot Assad’s propaganda on her return. (Read full story here)
Mike Lillis of The Hill covers a recent trip to Syria by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) who met and spoke with Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad. Many lawmakers are shaking their heads about this trip which was kept secret from other congressional leaders.
SETF executive director, Mouaz Moustafa, contributed to this article which you can read here.
Photo by Victoria Sarno Jordan, The Hill
The Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR hosted "The Real Reason Behind the Refugee Crisis" on January 13, 2017. The exhibit featured photos from the Caesar file and featured speakers Stephen J. Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for global criminal justice, Jim Hooper, former managing director of the Public International Law and Policy Group, and Mouaz Moustafa, executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force and United For a Free Syria.
The walls of Sturgis Hall were adorned with 30 photographs taken by a former Syrian military police photographer, code-named "Caesar" who was tasked with photographing corpses of victims who died inside facilities run by the Assad regime. The images are part of a cache of 55,000 photographs taken between 2011 and 2013, and smuggled out of Syria in 2014. The pictures, most of them taken in Syrian military hospitals, show corpses photographed at close range, one at a time as well as in small groupings. Virtually all of the bodies -- thousands of them -- betray signs of torture: gouged eyes; mangled genitals; bruises and dried blood from beatings; acid and electric burns; emaciation; and marks from strangulation.
This very exhibit has been displayed at the UN General Secretariate, the United States Congress, the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, among other institutions.
SETF is proud to have supported the amazing team at 60 Minutes in bringing awareness about the suffering of the Syrian people and their unsung heroes. See 60 Minutes coverage on the White Helmets here