A photo exhibition was held in the Norwegian capital Norway on Thursday to bring to light Assad’s crimes against the Syrian people. The photo exhibit was jointly organized by the foreign mission of the Syrian Coalition in Norway, the Nobel Peace Centre, and the Documentary Film Association in Norway.
The exhibit showcases photos of torture of detainees in Assad’s prisons. The photos were smuggled out of the 601st and 607th military hospitals located in the Mezza district of Damascus. Detainees who die, or those who are dying, under torture in Assad’s detention centers are usually transferred to military hospitals to be photographed and given a number, a procedure by which the Assad regime makes sure that a detainee has died.
The photos show signs of the brutal torture detainees are subjected to in Assad’s prisons, such as strangulation, starvation and severe beating.
The photo exhibition was followed by showing a documentary film shedding light on the devastation caused by barrel bombs the Assad regime drop on civilians. The event also included a panel discussion on transitional justice and the need to hold accountable all war criminals in Syria. Stephen Rapp, the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, was a key speaker in the panel.
Hanan Albalkhi, of the Syrian Coalition’s foreign mission to Norway, who was in the panel discussion said that all revolutionary forces reject giving any role for Bashar al-Assad in the transitional period. She stressed that Assad must be held accountable for the heinous crimes against civilians in Syria.
She pointed out that the practices of the Assad regime are even more heinous than those of the ISIS extremist group and the Nazis, calling for referring the situation in Syrian to the International Criminal Court. (Source: Syrian Coalition)