The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host a public program, "Fleeing Atrocities: Witness Perspectives" featuring speakers Alfred Munzer, Holocaust survivor, and Mouaz Moustafa, executive director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force. The public program will take place on February 22 at 7pm at The University of Miami Newman Alumni Center.
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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.