War Crimes Museum hosted a photo exhibit inside the US Capitol building on Wednesday evening to showcase photographs documenting the crimes committed by the Assad regime against Syrian detainees. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with another exhibit organized in the European Union headquarters in Brussels.
The photo exhibit hosted by the US Congress show 50 photos smuggled out of Syria by Caesar, codename of a defected military photographer. Republican lawmakers expressed outrage over the brutality of the Assad regime practices, stressing the need to immediately stop Bashar al-Assad from committing more crimes.
“It is far past time that the world act, and protect and stop the massacres that are going on that have displaced half the population of that country,” House Foreign Affair Chairman Ed Royce said Wednesday during the opening of an exhibition.
“It is far past time for the United States to say there is going to be a safe zone across this area in northern Syria,” he added, stressing that if an end to the four-years conflict is to come, it must start with “some measure of protection” for Aleppo’s citizens.
The Syrian National Coalition’s Representative to the Benelux and EU, Mouaffaq Nyrabia said upon the opening of the photo exhibit in Brussels:
“The overwhelming sentiment of those who have viewed the Caesar exhibition today has been a testament to the importance of bringing these horrific crimes to the attention of Europe. These graphic photographs documenting the systematic torture and murder of Syrians by the Assad regime make for difficult viewing; however, they reflect the reality of what is happening in Syria today.
“As a result, the situation in Syria is now a global crisis which directly impacts international security. In this context, the Caesar exhibition this week is an important reminder that at the heart of this crisis is a regime whose disregard for Syrian lives is clear. Now more than ever, the Syrian people need the international community to fulfil its responsibilities in holding to account the perpetrators of such war crimes. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Agencies)