The Syrian Emergency Task Force helped arrange the interview between Ambassador Stephen Rapp, former head of the Office of Global Criminal Justice, with Christiane Amanpour of CNN, where the two discuss the prosecution of war criminals in Syria.
Ambassador Rapp addresses Amnesty International's report that 13,000 people have been secretly hanged with merely minutes-long trials in Syrian prisons. The larger story is that these crimes are occuring in more prisons than Saydnaya, evidenced by the Caesar photos that came out in 2013. He tells Amanpour that "conservatively, we're looking at 50,000 Syrian civilians tortured and murdered by their own government."
See the full interview here.
Amnesty International's report on the systematic torture at Saydnaya prison in Syria reveals that over 13,000 people have been secretly hanged since 2011.
A former prison guard described how detainees are severely beaten throughout the night before being driven to an “execution room”:
"Whoever comes can beat them, until the officer arrives. We already know they will die anyway, so we do whatever we want with them."
Amnesty International also lets you see inside one of the world's most terrifying prisons, Saydnaya. Experience it here.
Joshua Berlinger from CNN also covers the mass torture and hanging of Syrians in secret prisons run by the Assad regime. The story covers the notoriously cruel Saydnaya prison, one of many "human slaughterhouses" inside Syria.
"(CNN)Thousands of people have been hanged at a Syrian prison in a secret crackdown on dissent by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, a report by Amnesty International has alleged.
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