Syria: Exhibition of ‘Caesar’ Photographs – “Inside Syrian Authorities’ Prisons”

13 Jul, 2015 | Press Releases

European Parliament, Brussels, 13-16 July 2015
From 13 to 16 July 2015, the European Parliament is hosting 35 photographs of the Caesar Exhibition. This project displays photographs of detainees’ bodies transferred from the Syrian regime’s prisons and detention centres to military Hospitals 607 and 601 where former military policeman of the Syrian army – known by the pseudonym “Caesar” – was assigned to photograph and document the bodies.

Caesar fled Syria in 2013 and smuggled out over 55,000 photos of approximately 11,000 Syrians tortured by the Assad regime since the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011. The bodies show evidence of physical injury of the sort that would result from starvation, brutal beating, strangulation and other forms of torture and killing. The 11,000 victims photographed represent only a fraction of the systematic torture and killing that take place inside Syrian regime’s prisons.

The Caesar photographs were analysed by a first-rate legal and forensic team in early 2014 and then shared with and processed by the United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry (COI) which cited them as clear evidence of systematic human rights violations by the Assad regime.

WhenExhibition throughout 13 to 16 July 2015Press conference on Wednesday 15 July 2015 at 13:00 to 14:00
Location: European Parliament, PHS Building, 3rd Floor, Right side of the Hemicycle.

Hosted by: MEP Alyn Smith (Greens/EFA); MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP); MEP Marietje Schaake (ALDE); MEP Vincent Peillon (S&D); MEP Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD); MEP Ana Gomes (S&D); MEP Antonio Panzeri (S&D); and MEP Ignazio Corrao (EFDD).

Co-Hosted by: Syrian Association for Missing and Conscience Detainees; National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces; Euro-Syrian Democratic Forum; and No Peace Without Justice.

For more information, contact: Arianna Faraco +32 492969973 or Nicola Giovannini (+32 2 548 39 15 –