SETF is proud to facilitate Mazen Al-Hummada in his visit to the United States throughout the month on October. Mazen is featured in Sara Afshar's film, Syria's Disappeared, addressing the search for justice for victims of war crimes by the Assad regime and the hundreds of thousands of people who have been disappeared into these notoriously torturous prisons.
Please don't miss your chance to catch Mazen Al-Hummada at one of the events listed below.
For questions about Mazen's visit please contact our director of outreach by emailing [email protected]
Mazen Al-Hummada was born and raised in Deir Ezzor, Syria. He has been an activist since the earliest days of the revolution, when he began organizing pro-democracy rallies and documenting the brutal repression of demonstrations. In 2012, government security forces arrested Mazenfor trying to smuggle baby formula into a besieged suburb of Damascus. He was detained twice and brutally tortured for nearly two years in Syria’s most notorious torture facilities featured in the "Caesar" photos, just kilometers from downtown Damascus. Upon his release from jail, Mazen returned briefly to Deir Ezzor, but fled Syria once he became a target for ISIS. He eventually escaped Syria and lives in Europe. Mazen continues his efforts to shine light on the human rights abuses in Syria. Mazen has been instrumental in working with prosecutors to document and catalog evidence of the Assad regime’s systematic torture.
CBC's "The Fifth Estate" has released a documentary film covering the search for justice to victims of Bashar al- Assad and his allies' crimes against the people of Syria. The film includes testimonies from survivors of torture in Syria's prisons and also features "Ceasar's" first television interview. The Syrian Emergency Task Force facilitated in organizing interviews and providing materials used in this documentary film.
On The Fifth Estate, The Truth Smugglers, the story of the people in Syria who risk their lives to smuggle out photographs and thousands of pages of secret official documents, hoping they will lead to the conviction of Bashar al-Assad for war crimes.
They are crimes a regime wants to keep secret: tens of thousands of Syrians have “disappeared” in the past six years of civil war, swept away to government prisons and detention centres to be interrogated, tortured and worse.
Released to youtube on Setpember 29, 2017, we tell their stories --and the people who risk their lives to expose the truth about these and other human rights abuses: A government clerk who smuggled out thousands of pages of secret official documents. A photographer who took photographs of the people tortured and killed under regime custody and then fled. And a Canadian in a secret location in Europe whose team has collected three tonnes of documents, hoping they will lead to the conviction of Bashar al Assad for war crimes.
September 29, 2017 Adam Kinzinger, Fox News
Since the ceasefire in Syria agreed to by President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the summer, news reports on the Syria conflict have become blips on the radar and scarcely reported. However, just because we aren’t hearing about new atrocities committed by the brutal dictator Bashar Assad and his allies doesn’t mean the atrocities have stopped.
In the past two years, the Syrian conflict has shifted from a war for hope and opportunity to one in which Russia and Iran continue to prop up their evil ally Assad, while also killing innocent people with impunity.
Recently I read a Fox News article on the torture Syrians face inside Assad’s prisons in Syria, and shared it on my Twitter page. As I read some comments on my tweet, I realized that yet again, this is just one of many stories that the Assad regime will deny and then utilize its sympathizers across the world to lambast as “fake news.” Read full article here.
FILE -- Children sit outside their damaged house at the mountain resort town of Zabadani in the Damascus countryside, Syria, Thursday, May 18, 2017. A U.S. airstrike struck pro-Syrian government forces for the first time, hitting a convoy in the desert near the border with Jordan, U.S. officials and Syrian activists said, an apparent signal to President Bashar Assad to keep his forces out of a zone where U.S.-backed rebels are fighting the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)