It has been seven years since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria. The unclear war fought between dozens of parties has already driven more than 5.5 million people out of their homes and 400 thousand have died in it. Civilians do not suffer in Ghúta or Afrín only: Amnesty International researchers have uncovered the Syrian government’s campaign of extrajudicial executions at Saydnaya prison. Between 2011 and 2015, every week and often twice a week, groups of up to 50 people were executed. In five years, as many as 13,000 people, most of them civilians believed to be opposed to the government, have been killed in secret at Saydnaya. The detainees suffer in inhuman conditions: repeated torture and the systematic deprivation of food, water, medicine and medical care. The report documents how these extermination policies have killed massive numbers of detainees. There are strong reasons to believe that this routine is still ongoing today.
The lecture will present the conclusions of the Amnesty research report revealing the torture practices in Saydnaya prison. What helped to develop it was, beside others, the cooperation of Amnesty International with Forensic Architecture, leading to the creation of a freely accessible interactive web application (saydnaya.amnesty.org). The presentation will also touch upon the current developments in Syria and the consequences of the crisis in Europe, including the Czech Republic.
The lecture will be held by Martina Pařízková, Amnesty International’s spokesperson in the Czech Republic.
AI is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. It is a movement of 7 million people from 150 countries who are not indifferent to human rights violations and want to stand up for it. Therefore, they run campaigns, organize public events, defend victims of injustice, and strive for system changes. The work of Amnesty is based on reliable research. The results are achieved thanks to the authority that AI has acquired over its 50 years of activity. In 1977, AI received the Nobel Peace Prize.
This event is part of the exhibition Forensic Architecture: The Architecture of Conflict.