Ottawa, Canada – On May 30, the Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS) will join the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and and the Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies (MIGS) in hosting an exhibition of the Caesar photos on Parliament Hill, in conjunction with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Prevention of Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity.
These photos taken by Caesar, the defected regime military photographer, document over 55,000 images of systematic torture and murder committed in Syrian regime prisons between 2011 and 2013. Caesar’s images reveal at least 11,000 victims, representing a mere fraction of those who continue to suffer in regime custody.
The exhibition will feature a policy discussion on ways to end the Syrian conflict, with presentations by the following experts:
Mouaz Moustafa, Coalition for a Democratic Syria
Naomi Kikoler, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Kyle Matthews, Montreal Institute for Genocide Studies
Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
“We are grateful to members of Parliament for taking an interest in this exhibit demonstrating the depths of the Regime’s depravity, from which Syrian refugees continue to flee,” said CDS Chairman Dr. Yahya Basha. “As nations gather for another round of negotiations, we call on Canada to work with its partners to end the culture of impunity that has persisted in the face of such crimes.”
The event will be held on Monday May 30, 5:30-7:30pm in Room 362 in East Block, Parliament Hill. The photos will then move to the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights and Education Centre, for further discussion 7:30-9:00pm. They will remain there the following week and will be open to the public.
On Tuesday May 31, 9:30-10:00am the APPG will host a press conference with Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, known for his role in the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda.