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 and sisters, relatives and friends, companions of the way and life partners … victims of torture, arbitrary arrest and enforced disappearance to be identified in the Caesar photographs.

Ahmad-Ajam

``born in 1980,
He was close to his brothers and their role models.
Absence of the regime's detainees from them.``

Ahmed Ajam

Ahmad-Alhamoud

Born in 1991, he was absent from the detainees and his uncle, who was also his close friend and his age, to keep him away from the dreams of studying and entering the university.

Ahmed Al-Hamoud

Ahmad-Kousa

Born in 1970, of Turkish origins, his Turkish citizenship was the only reason for his arrest and disappearance in the regime's prisons.

Ahmed Koussa

Ahmad-Muslmani

Born in 1995, Ahmed did not have the opportunity to become a young man and build dreams, because the regime's detention camps took him away and robbed the dreams of his youth

Ahmed Maslamani

Ahmad-Salim

Born in 1983, he worked in self-employment, his alienation as a Palestinian-Syrian did not satisfy him and his absence from prisons from all his friends and family.

Osama Selim

Osama-Hbali

Born in 1988, despite his young age, he was successful in entrepreneurship, and a media activist since the start of the Syrian revolution until the regime's detention camps kept him from realizing his dreams of freedom.

Osama Habali

Shikh-Ahmad-alskikh

Born in 1966, a loving father to his daughters, always dreaming of seeing them graduates, he was absent from the regime's detention centers before achieving his dream.

Ahmad Al-Sheikh

Ayman-(2)

Born in 1968, a loving husband and a loving father, the regime's detainees kept him from his family.

Ayman

Ayham-Ghazzoul

Ayham, born in 1987, is a master's student in dentistry, and is active in Syria with the Syrian Media Center.

Ayham Al-Ghazoul

Bashar-Dabak

Born in 1986, he was working on his own project, and was active in the Syrian Red Crescent, and when he refused the branches' treatment of civilians, he was absent from prisons after his arrest and his brother.

Bashar al-Dabbak

Hussam-,-Ahmad-bro

Born in 1975, he worked as a men's hairdresser. He was absent in prisons and away from his brother without any charge or reason for his arrest.

Hussam

Hassan-Albalkhi

Hassan Mo, born in 1977, was an employee who was working for his dream of seeing the future of his children, but the detention took him before his dream came true.

Hassan Al-Balkhi

Hussien-Nazel-Alabed

Born in 1975, he was working in self-employment, he dreamed of a better future for his children, and he was absent from detention centers before achieving his ambition.

Hussein Al-Abd

Radwan-Burhan

Born in 1968, a pediatrician, passionate about caring for and helping children, the detainees deprived him of his passion for his work.

Radwan Burhan

Abdulkhalik-Khirallah

Born in 1975, he worked as a men's hairdresser. He was absent in prisons and away from his brother without any charge or reason for his arrest.

Abdul Khaleq Khairallah

Obaida-Alskhikh

Born in 1988, he worked as an employee in the private sector, he was working to improve his financial situation to achieve his family's dream of marriage, he was absent from prisons before his dreams came true.

Obeida Sheikh

Okba-Mshaan

Born in 1976, he was an anchor and supporter of his brothers and family, he worked as a government employee, he was absent from prisons and kept away from his two daughters whom he wished to see grow up before his eyes.

Ouqba Al Mashaan

Muhram-Alahmad

Born in 1977, he worked in the private sector, one of the people close to his family members, loved by everyone, he was absent from prisons to remain a memory in the hearts of his peers and family.

Muharram Al Ahmad

Moh-Khoulani

He was successful in business, absent from prisons and two of his brothers, before carrying his son, who was born after his arrest.

Muhammed Khawlani

Moh-Kwider

Born in 1981, full of vitality, dreaming like many young people of freedom, the detainees kept him from his dreams.

Mohamed Koider

Hamza-Maksour

Born in 1988, diligent in his university, he was absent from the regime's detention centers before he graduated and set out to achieve his ambitions.

Hamza Maksour

Abdulrahman-Alhammoud

Born in 1990, a university student, he was absent from his family and loved ones in the prisons, before they rejoiced at his graduation.

Abdul Rahman Al-Hamoud

Moh-Taha-Alghfier

Born in 1976, he worked as a driver, always smiling, the regime detainees made his smile disappear from everyone who knew him.

Muhammad Taha Ghafir

Moh-Ali-Assaf

Born in 1988, he loves to study, he wanted to complete his studies, Assad's detention kept him away from his simplest dreams.

Jihad Assaf

Nizar-Matook

Born in 1963, he was a blacksmith and a football player. He dreamed of being an international player, but the regime kept him in prisons far from his dream.

Nizar Maatouk

Hilal-Alkarout

Born in 1957, he loved his nephews and was close to them. The regime's detention facilities deprived them of his presence among them.

Hilal Karout

Yaman-Alrashidat

Born in 1987, he was full of energy and vitality, and his presence was enough to ignite the place with activity. The detainees kept him away from all his fans.

Yaman Rashidat

Hasan–Thalja

Born in 1977, he was a commercial accountant, able to win the hearts of those who knew him calmly. The regime's detention facilities kept him hidden from all who knew him.

Hassan Thaljeh

Moh-Awad

Born in 1965, a loving father to his children, he worked as a government employee to take care of them. The regime's detainees deprived him of joy in their achievements.

Mohamed Awad

Moh-hawali

Born in 1957, he was absent from the detainees and his brother-in-law, so that the detainees deprived his family of their presence among them.

Muhammad Huwaili

Marwan-AlIbrahim

Born in 1973, he worked in self-employment, the detainees kept him away from his dreams and from his brothers who are still suffering to this day in his absence.

Marwan Ibrahim

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.

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 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

Mar

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
Qt

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

Kutaiba

Germany representative
ahm

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

Mohammad

Germany representative
yas

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, Deputy Chairwoman
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
Woman

A human rights activist, refugee residing in Germany, sister of the martyr Hamzah al-Maksur, who was arrested while returning from his graduation ceremony in 2012 in Hama. She recognized him in the Caesar photos in 2015

Nevin

German Representative
طلعت-الحمود

A refugee residing in Switzerland, brother of the martyr Ahmed Al-Hamoud and the uncle of the martyr Abdul-Rahman Al-Hamoud, who were arrested in 2012 and their photos were identified in the Caesar photos in 2015.

Talaat Al-Hamoud

Switzerland representative
جمال-معتوق

A civil activist, refugee residing in Germany, brother of the martyr Nizar Maatouk, who was arrested in 2011. He recognized the photo of his brother in the Caesar photos in 2015.

Jamal Maatouk

Germany representative
فراس سليم

A Palestinian-Syrian with German citizenship, brother of the martyr Osama, who was arrested in 2013, and his photo was identified in the Caesar photos in 2015.

Firas Salim

Germany representative
أحمد

A refugee residing in Turkey, the son of the martyr Mahmoud Al-Haweli, who was arrested in 2012 . His son recognized his photo among the photos that Caesar leaked when it was republished in 2020.

Ahmed Hawili

Deputy Chairman
ثورة-كردية

A refugee residing in Austria, wife of the martyr Radwan Burhan, who was arrested in 2013. she recognized his photo in the Caesar photos in 2015.

Thwra Kurdiea

Chairwoman
خالد-ابراهيم

A refugee residing in Denmark. He is the brother of the martyr Marwan Ibrahim, who was arrested in 2012. His brother recognized his photo in the Caesar photos in 2015

Khaled Ibrahim

Denmark representative
Man

A refugee residing in France. He is the brother of the martyr Hussam El-Din M., who was arrested in 2013 and whose photo was identified in the Caesar photos in 2014.

Ahmed M.

France representative
حسام-الدين-كوسا

Resides in Turkey, the son of the martyr Ahmed Kusa, a Turkish national, who was arrested in 2012. He recognized the photo of his father in the photos that Caesar leaked after it was republished in 2020.

Husam al-Din Kusa

Turkey representative
رامي-خير-الله

A refugee residing in Turkey, son of the martyr Abdul Khaleq Khairallah, who was arrested in 2012. He recognized the picture of his father among the photos that Caesar leaked after it was republished in 2020.

Rami Khairallah

Turkey representative
حسام-بلخي

A human rights activist with Dutch nationality. He is the brother of the martyr Hassan Al-Balkhi, who was arrested in 2013 and his photo was identified in in the Caesar photos in 2015.

Hossam Balkhi

Human Rights Activist
Man

A refugee residing in Germany, brother of the martyr Hussein A.., who was arrested in 2012. He recognized the photo of his brother in the Caesar photos in 2015.

Omar A

Germany representative
Man

A refugee residing in Turkey, the son of the martyr Suhail B., who was arrested in 2012 and his photo was identified in the Caesar photos in 2015.

Hammoud B

Turkey representative
غفران-خولاني

A human rights activist, a refugee residing in Ireland, sister of the martyr Muhammad Khoulani, who was arrested in 2013. She recognized his photoin the Caesar photos in 2015.

Ghufran Khoulani

Human rights activist
السيد علي الحساني

A refugee residing in Turkey, the nephew of the martyr Muharram Al-Ahmad, who was arrested in 2012 . His nephew recognized his photo among the photos that Caesar leaked when it was republished in 2020.

Ali Al-Hassani

Turkey Representative
Woman

A refugee residing in Turkey, wife of the martyr Aiman, who was arrested in 2012. she recognized his photo in the Caesar photos in 2015

Khadija

Turkey Representative
Dahi-Muslmani

A refugee settled in France , the uncle of the martyr Ahmad, who was arrested in 2012 , and his picture was verified among Caeser Photos in 2015.

Dahi Muslmani

France Representative
Hassan-Ajjam

ِA refugee settled in Turkey, the brother of the martyr Ahmad Ajam, who was arrested in 2012, and his picture has been verified among Caeser photos.

Hassan Ajam

Turkey Representative
Yusuf_zuhier_fares

Yusuf, The brother of Martyer Muhammad Maher, Identified his brother picture among Caeser pictures.

Yusuf Zuhier Fares

Member Of Caeser Families from Denmark
AL RSHEIDAT MOHAMMAD

Mohammand, The brother of Martyer Yamin Rashidat, Identified his brother picture among Caeser pictures.

AL RSHEIDAT MOHAMMAD

Member Of Caeser Families

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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.

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

The Violation Documentation Center (VDC) has been supporting our efforts even before the launch of the association and they are still providing us with critical support in the documentation of human rights violations that 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/

Families for Freedom

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.

Massar, are a group of mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers of those kidnapped by ISIS. We are families waiting for news, seeks truth and justice for those abducted by ISIS and their families

The Association seeks to uncover the truth and achieve justice for detainees on the basis of their opinion or political activity. It works to reveal the fate of the missing and forcibly disappeared in Syria in general, and Sednaya prison in particular. It is concerned with the affairs of detainees and the disappeared in Sednaya prison and works on documenting their numbers, areas, the date of their disappearance, and the party responsible for their arrest. The Association seeks to communicate with the families of the missing, provide them with moral support, and convey their voice and their suffering in various possible ways. The Association works to explain the issue of detainees and missing persons to local and international public opinion, and to cooperate with local and international human rights organizations to carry out investigations into the cases of detainees and missing persons in Sednaya prison.

URL: https://www.admsp.org

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SaydnayaPrison

Ta’afi is a Syrian survivors’ led, survivors’ centered initiative that aims to support and protect victims of detention, torture, and enforced disappearance upon their release and settlement at a secure location, so that they may continue to peacefully support human rights change in Syria and pursue justice and accountability.

 

Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/taafi_SY

Donors

The Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders (EMHRF) aims at providing flexible financial assistance to regional, national and local human rights NGOs and institutes as well as individuals who promote, support, protect and monitor the observance of human rights in the South-Mediterranean region.

Website: https://emhrf.org/

Impunity Watch is a non-governmental, non-profit human rights organization dedicated to ending impunity for serious human rights violations, particularly in countries emerging from a violent past. Our work includes analysis, advocacy, and partnership building to assist communities in their pursuit of accountability for gross human rights violations and systemic injustice. In our work, we adopt a participatory, bottom-up, and contextual approach, supporting victims and survivors in exercising their rights.