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700,000 documents highlight appalling tortures in Assad’s prisons

A new documentary film shed light on hundreds of thousands of documents and evidence that exposes widespread torture and murder of Syrian detainees by Bashar al Assad’s regime.

Through a secret network, the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), an independent group of legal experts, has managed to smuggle more than 700,000 pages of Syrian intelligence and security archives.

Criminal investigators have built a case documenting the gruesome torture and murder of detainees, relying on official photos and authentic documents.

According to the documentary “Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad”, which tracks William Wiley and his group’s work in Syria, investigators had access to 55,000 photos of detainees’ bodes – some with gouged out eyes – smuggled out by a former forensic photographer who worked at Tishreen military hospital.

The documentary had its premiere at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva this week.

Wiley, a member of CIJA who has worked for UN war crimes tribunals for former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, said in the film: “We are trying to lay the foundation for persecution along the lines of Nuremberg.”

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