Media Advisory: Leaders of Senate Foreign Relations, House Foreign Affairs Committees to Participate in Opening of U.S. Capitol Display of Photos Documenting Syria Atrocities

Jul 10, 2015

Also participating: U.S. Holocaust Museum official, Holocaust survivor, and Syrian survivor

On Wednesday, July 15, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) will participate in the opening of a special photo display sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to recognize the atrocities and crimes against humanity suffered by Syrian civilians. The photo display (“Caesar’s Photos: Inside Syria’s Secret Prisons”) includes photos taken by Caesar, a Syrian Army defector who was witness to and a documenter of Bashar al-Assad’s lethal brutality, and shows what Syrians continue to endure at the hands of the Assad regime.

At a House Foreign Affairs Committee briefing last year, “Caesar” showed Members many of the photos he had taken.

This past March the civil war in Syria entered its fifth year. The violence has cost the lives of more than 200,000 Syrian civilians, displaced more than 10 million people—over half the population— in one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises since World War II.

Following the opening event, the display will be open to the public in the Rayburn Foyer July 23–25.

What: 
Opening of “Caesar’s Photos: Inside Syria’s Secret Prisons”

When: 
Wednesday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. (Camera set-up time is 8:30 a.m.)

Where: 
U.S. Capitol, Rayburn Room

Who: 
The Honorable Ed Royce, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee
The Honorable Eliot Engel, Ranking Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee
The Honorable Bob Corker, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
The Honorable Ben Cardin, Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Cameron Hudson, Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Margit Meissner, Holocaust survivor
Syrian survivor of Bashar al-Assad Atrocities
Additional members of Congress may attend

Note:
All media interested in attending the event should contact Raymund Flandez at 202-314-1772 or at rflandez@ushmm.org.

A mult-box will be available onsite.  

 

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