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Event: “Alive in Graves – The Horror of Assad’s Torture Prisons”

Updated: Sep 4, 2018

On September 5, 2018 Toby Cadman, Head of Guernica37 International Justice Chambers and Principal of The Guernica Group, will participate in the event “Alive in Graves – The Horror of Assad’s Torture Prisons”, organised by Amnesty International UK.

Date: 5 September 2018

Time: 18.30h

Venue: Amnesty International UK, 17-25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA London

Event Description

The murder, torture, enforced disappearances and extermination carried out in Assad’s prisons, including the notorious Saydnaya, have been perpetrated by the Syrian authorities as part of a systematic attack against the civilian population. These violations amount to crimes against humanity and demand urgency from the international community – unfortunately the plight of detainees has still not been prioritised in any peace talks, whether UN led or in other forums.

Detainees continue to be held in inhuman conditions, tortured, starved, and murdered. With the political process still failing to prioritise detainees and accountability, what can civil society do to ensure there is justice for Syrians?

At this special event, we’ll hear from survivors of Assad’s prisons, families of the disappeared and those collecting the evidence to one day hold the torturers to account.

The event will start with a 17-minute documentary called Alive in Graves, which was produced by Save the Rest and features harrowing accounts of the experiences of survivors from Assad prisons. Save The Rest is a team of Syrian activists and former detainees established in 2015 who campaign for detainee rights in Syria.


Toby Cadman - Co-founder and Head of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers

Sema Nassar - Co-founder of Urnammu for Justice and Human Rights

Amena Kholane - Families for Freedom

Anwar al-Bunni - Syrian Centre for Legal Research & Studies

Register here.

Amnesty International: screenshot from the video "Inside Saydnaya: Syria's Torture Prison", August 2018, available at:

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