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.

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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."

Read Amnesty International Report here.

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.

The human rights group says up to 13,000 people have been executed at Saydnaya prison north of the capital Damascus in a "hidden" campaign authorized by senior regime figures.
Amnesty's report, Human slaughterhouse, says prisoners are moved in the middle of the night from their cells under the pretext of being transferred. They are taken to the grounds of the prison, where they are hanged, likely unaware of their fate until they feel the noose around their neck, Amnesty alleges." Read full article here.
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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...



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