Caesar Photos: Inside The Syrian Authorities' Prisons + Panel Debate

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Frontline Club, Paddington


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Caesar Photos: Inside The Syrian Authorities' Prisons + Panel Debate

Panel discussion on the Syrian Civil War

The thousands of Syrian refugees embarking on a perilous journey to find a new life away from the barrel bombs of Bashar al-Assad, his torture centres as depicted in the Caesar photographs and the threat of the self-styled Islamic State has refocused attention on the war in Syria. With renewed calls for action this event will be bringing together a panel to discuss the realities Syrians are fleeing from and how to ensure that they get the accountability and justice they deserve. Speakers to be announced. This evening debate will follow the daytime exhibition of Caesar's Photos, free to attend and open to all from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The images were taken by a former military policeman of the Syrian army and show detainees from the Syrian regime's prisons and detention centres. Caesar smuggled out with him over 55,000 photos of approximately 11,000 Syrians tortured by the Assad regime. The 11,000 victims he photographed represent only a fraction of the systematic torture and killing that took place inside the Syrian regime’s prisons. After thorough analysis by a first-rate legal and forensic team in early 2014, the “Caesar” photographs were shared with and processed by the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI), which cited them as clear evidence of systematic human rights violations by the Assad regime. Most recently, the FBI verified the photographs as credible evidence for future legal procedures. Warning: The images displayed in this exhibition are disturbing.

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