SETF Appauds New Case Based on Caesar File.

The Syrian Emergency Task Force applauds the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) for filing a criminal complaint with German prosecutors based upon evidence in the Caesar file. This is a case that SETF has worked closely on alongside Sami, Caesar, and Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp, former head of the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the State Department in Support of ECCHR's efforts.  

On September 21 2017, thousands of photographs of corpses in Syrian government detention facilities were passed along to the German Federal Prosecutor by “Caesar and Sami”.  Caesar, the Syrian military police defector smuggled these photographs back in 2014 to shed light on Assad’s brutal human rights violations. As a result of this case German authorities can use “Caesar“ photos to issue international arrest warrants against Assad regime officials.

“This is another major step towards accountability for the Assad regime for its crimes against humanity” said Mouaz Moustafa, Executive Director of SETF. “We are honored to work closely with Caesar, Sami, Ambassador Rapp, and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in support of ECCHR's efforts in bringing this case forward and we will not rest until we can file criminal complaints against the Assad regime all over the world” he added.

In coordination with Caesar and Sami and other great individuals and institutions, SETF has worked tirelessly to build awareness of the Crimes committed by the Assad regime. We have in the past worked to organize Exhibits of Caesar’s photographs at the UN General Secretariat, the United States Congress, as well as the Parliaments of Europe, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The photos have also been hosted at events in partnership with universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

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2/2/17  

SYRIAN EMERGENCY TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES FILING IN SPAIN OF FIRST CRIMINAL CASE BASED ON CAESAR PHOTOS

Madrid, Spain - The Syrian Emergency Task Force, a member of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria, announces the first filing of a criminal case based on evidence from the Caesar photos. The case, filed on behalf of a victim of dual Spanish-Syrian background, will be brought before the Spanish national court to seek justice for a victim tortured and killed by the Assad Regime.

The case was investigated by the nonprofit Guernica 37 with support from Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp, former head of the Office of Global Criminal Justice. It marks the first time the Caesar file has been used in a judicial setting.

“This unprecedented case based on the Caesar photos demonstrates to Syrian regime officials that they will be held accountable for war crimes and crimes against humanity,” said Mouaz Moustafa, Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force and representative of the Caesar Team. “Bringing this case now before a national court challenges the ongoing atmosphere of impunity and offers hope to victims and their families, as well as civilians currently under attack by their government.”

The former Syrian military police photographer, code-named “Caesar” was tasked with photographing corpses of victims who were killed inside facilities run by the Assad regime. Since he smuggled the 55,000 photos from Syria in 2014, his images have undergone careful analysis by NGOs and national governments to identify victims and aid investigations.The pictures, most of them taken in Syrian military hospitals, show corpses photographed at close range. Virtually all of the bodies -- estimated to number over 11,000 -- betray signs of torture: gouged eyes, mangled genitals, bruises and dried blood from beatings, acid and electric burns, emaciation, and marks from strangulation.Caesar’s images have been on display at the UN General Secretariat, the United States Congress, and the Parliaments of Europe, the United Kingdom, and Canada. They have also been hosted at events in partnership with universities such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.


The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a group of Syrian-American non-profit organizations working together to bring about a swift end to the conflict and support the establishment of peace, freedom, and democracy in Syria. CDS is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, non-partisan organization. CDS includes: Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for Free Syria, Syrian American Council, Syrian Christians for Peace, the Association of Free Syrians, and the American Syriac Union.

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1/19/16          
     

CDS AND THE CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE PRESENT OPEN HOUSE VIEWING OF CAESAR PHOTO EXHIBIT
 

Little Rock, AR - The Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) expresses its deep appreciation for the committed work of the Clinton School for Public Service which presented “The Real Reason Behind the Refugee Crisis,” on January 13th -- an exhibit which featured photos from the Caesar file and a panel discussion featuring speakers Stephen J. Rapp, Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for global criminal justice; Dr. Jim Hooper, former managing director of the Public International Law and Policy Group; Mouaz Moustafa, Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force and United For a Free Syria. The Clinton School will be displaying the Caesar photos for an open house viewing Sunday, January 22 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM in Sturgis Hall at 1200 President Clinton Ave.

An exhibit of 30 images taken by a former Syrian military police photographer, code-named “Caesar” and tasked with photographing corpses of victims who died inside facilities run by the Assad regime, will be on display at the Clinton School. 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.

Those interested in viewing the entire public program can do so at the following link: http://www.clintonschoolspeakers.com/content/%E2%80%9C-real-reason-behind-refugee-crisis%E2%80%9D-panel-discussion-and-photography-exhibition

 

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria is a group of Syrian-American non-profit organizations working together to bring about a swift end to the conflict and support the establishment of peace, freedom, and democracy in Syria. The CDS is a multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, non-partisan organization. The CDS includes: Syrian Emergency Task Force, United for Free Syria, Syrian American Council, Syrian American Alliance, Syrian Christians for Peace, the Association of Free Syrians, and the American Syrian Union.

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