Our Families and
beloved ones

We are a group of families that have lost loved ones under torture, our loved ones became the victims of forced disappearance in the Syrian regime’s prisons. We identified our relatives in the Ceasar photos which were leaked from the Syrian regime detention centres. We’ve been working together since February 2018 in Berlin to establish the Caesars Families Association (CFA). CFA aims to unify our voices, demanding truth, justice, and restitution for the victims of torture and forced disappearance in Syria.

Who are the victims?

They are brothers, sisters, relatives, friends, and partners who fell victims to torture, arbitrary arrests, and forced disappearance to be identified later in the Caesar Photos

What are “the photos of Caesar”?

Caesar is the code-name of the official forensic photographer who worked for the Military Police in Syria. He has been working for the Syrian government for 13 years. Before 2011 his work mainly was to photograph people who died because of accidents or suicide.

However, during his work after 2011, he noticed that a large number of the bodies were of victims of torture, as well as of members of security forces who died in attacks by armed opposition groups.

While he was taking photos, he was also leaking these photos outside of Syria as evidence on crimes of the Syrian regime.
The leaked Caesar Photos were all taken between May 2011 and August 2013. In

August 2013, Caesar the military photographer defected from Syrian regime and fled out of Syria with his family.

Authenticity of the photos:

They are brothers, sisters, relatives, friends, and partners who fell victims to torture, arbitrary arrests, and forced disappearance to be identified later in the Caesar Photos.

In 2017, the so-called Caesar photos were part of the criminal complaint that was filed to the German Federal Prosecutor in Karlsruhe. In June 2018, the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) issued an international warrant against Jamil Hassan who was the head of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Service until July 2019 and therefore responsible for torture in thousands of cases.

In 2015, the Caesar photos and the families of the victims who appeared in the photos were the main focus of a report published by Human Right Watch in December 2015.

What are “the photos of Caesar”?

July 31, 2014: The code-named defector ‘Caesar,’ testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee (FNC) in the United States

Our families and beloved ones

We are a group of families that have lost loved ones under torture, the victims of forced disappearance in the Syrian regime’s prisons. We identified our relatives in the Ceasar photos which were leaked from the Syrian regime detention centres. We’ve been working together since February 2018 in Berlin to establish the Caesars Families Association (CFA). CFA aims to unify our voices, demanding the truth, justice, and restitution for the victims of torture and forced disappearance in Syria.

WHO ARE THE VICTIMS?
They are brothers, sisters, relatives, friends, and partners who fell victims to torture, arbitrary arrests, and forced disappearance to be identified later in the Caesar Photos.

Our families and beloved ones

Our goals

WHAT DO WE ASPIRE TO?
We aspire to contribute to the creation of a sustainable peace in Syria, based on justice, citizenship and human rights. We do this by shedding light on the tragedy of the detainees and disappeared in the prisons and detention camps of the Syrian regime and all other parties to the conflict. We work to stop the torture and killing of detainees, we fight for their release and to have their fate revealed. We strive to guarantee their rights and to make sure that those who committed crimes against them will not go unpunished.

WE SEEK TO ACHIEVE THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES:
— Work to retrieve the remains of the victims’ bodies in order to ensure burials that respect human dignity and families’ rituals.
— Secure psychological and legal support to the families of victims and help them overcome the repercussions of these crimes.
— Guarantee the rights of victims and their families, memorialize the victims, and restore their dignity.
— Contribute to the release of detainees, the forcefully disappeared, the kidnapped, and pressure for the disclosure of the whereabouts of the missing.
— Work to end impunity and strive for the establishment of a special court for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
— Support a transitional justice process based on fairness and accountability.

Our message to you

Together we can make miracles happen. Our joint efforts can help us achieve our goals in truth, justice, reparations and none-recurrence on an international and local level. Our collective impact can change the face of earth and make it a better place for our children and loved ones. Our path and your path are similar as the trip is long, but we are the only hope left for the victims. Support us by:

— Share your story with us and teach us how you overcame challenges.
— Meet us and support our advocacy efforts.
— Helping us change the international mechanisms and bureaucracy which stands in our way to make it more effective, inclusive and accessible to all of us.

We are like any one of you, just normal families working together to call for the rights of our loved ones and families. Our efforts to achieve our goals are going to face great challenges and the road is very long for us to work alone. Therefore, we need you to support us hand in hand to call for the rights of families and victims of enforced disappearance in Syria. Your support can be by putting a like on our Facebook page or by joining us in a public event. We will always be open to your criticism as much as we await your support. (note: what does Facebook like do? It enhances our outreach to policy and decision makers) support us with:

  • Facebook like.
  • Provide us with information and help us reaching out to more families of victims who appeared in Caesar photos.
  • Volunteer with us.
  • Participate in our future events.

We never give up as we are the ones who lost our loved ones and were most affected by the conflict. You will always see us providing you with our vision on how to make sustainable peace in Syria as we are the citizens of Syria who will never give up a fight. Support us by:

— Help us help you in achieving a sustainable peace.
— Informing us on how we can correct your efforts in creating our own history.

We are always open for cooperation in order to advocate for the rights of victims and their families. We and our partners are working together to achieve our goals. Whether you are a Syrian CSO or an international one, our collective efforts. Support us in:

— Outreach and media outlets.
— Providing psychological, social support to all our families.
— Communicating with you to provide you with the correct information about the human rights status in Syria.
— Listening to the voice of Syrians through the joint efforts of us and our Syrian partners.

Whether you are a judge or a lawyer of a human rights defender, we want you to know that we are working to achieve justice and accountability for the violations of human rights committed in Syria. We will achieve that inside and outside Syria, and we need you supporting our efforts. Be it through Universal Jurisdiction, international courts, mixed courts or even local Syrian courts, we will seek justice for us and our loved ones. We are the focal point that grants you access to Syrians who are willing to participate in judicial efforts all around this globe. Support us by:

— Communicating with us to achieve our goals.
— Help us making this world safer to victims and their families by making judicial mechanisms more inclusive and easier to access by victims and witnesses.
— eaching out to us as we are the focal point between you and the access to witnesses in the Syrian context.

Our members

mariam

A school principal and mother of Ayham Ghazoul, the dentist who was detained in 2012 inside the University of Damascus to be recognised in the photos in 2015.

Mariam Alhallak

Chairwoman
قتيبة

Brother of Okba who was detained by the Syrian Government forces in 2012 to be recognised in the Caesar photos in 2015.

Kutaiba

Deputy Chairwoman
mhmd

Son of Ahmad Alsheikh who was detained in 2012 to appear in the photos in 2015.

Mohammad

Deputy Chairwoman
yasmn

Sister of Okba who was detained by the Syrian Government forces in 2012 to be recognised in the Caesar photos in 2015.

Yasmen

Internal communication officer
Woman

Wife of A.A who was detained in 2012 to appear in the photos in 2015.

Amal

Secretary office
Man

The engineer and brother of A.G who was a peaceful activist in Damascus.

Rami

Germany representative
Man

Uncle of R.A and a German citizen. R.A was a humanitarian activist in Damascus.

Khaled

Germany representative

To become a member or to support our efforts, please visit the “INTERACT WITH US” page.

Supporters

We, the founding members of CFA would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM). The Center has been with us since the beginning as they facilitated our meeting in early 2018, and our Launching meeting in the same year until we were officially registered in Germany in 2019.

SCM

Our friends organizations and associations

In our work since the launch of CFA, we have been blessed to be part of a larger family of Syrian organizations and associations.

The Violation Documentation Center (VDC) have been supporting our efforts even before the launch of the association and they are still providing us with critical support in documentating of human rights violations which affected us and our loved ones who fell victims of various human rights violations, including: arbitrary detention, enforced disappearance, torture and extrajudicial killing.

Please visit their website and contact them here: http://vdc-sy.net/en/

On our way to demand justice and accountability, we are accompanied by brave Syrians who have also been victims of human rights violations in Syria, and they accompany us in our endeavor to fight impunity and call for justice.

Taafi, which is an initiative of Kesh Malek organization, is made up of survivors of enforced disappearance and torture who have survived from detention centers. Today, Taafi provides support to survivors of detention and strives for justice to realize a future that respects human rights.

Families for Freedom (FFF) is a movement founded and led by a group of Syrian women who are the relatives of the detainees. The movement was launched in February 2017, and it demands freedom and justice for the detainees of the Syrian regime and the other parties to the conflict.

Association of Detainees and the Missing in Sednaya Prison (ADMSP) which is formed of the survivors from Sednaya prison which is one of the most notorious prisons in Syria.

The Violation Documentation Center
Families for Freedom
Taafi
Association of Detainees and the Missing in Sednaya Prison

Donors

EMHRF
Impunity Watch