Since the beginning of the Syrian Arab Spring in March 2011, the Assad regime has subjected tens of thousands, including women, children, Palestinian refugees, to arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions, forcible disappearances, torture including rape & sexual humiliation, death by hanging. The gulag is an extensive network of secret detention facilities, what Human Rights Watch calls “an archipelago of torture centers” scattered throughout Syria. Hundreds of thousands have passed through these torture centers since 2011. Nearly 128,000 have never emerged from Assad’s gulag & are presumed to be either dead or still in custody, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights.

This is a video about 25,000 photos called the Caesar collection taken within Assad’s prisons by a military photographer who defected. He said the bodies of prisoners arrived in such numbers that they ran out of refrigerated units in the morgue & began dumping them in the garage where army vehicles were repaired. For those who question the veracity of these photos or for propagandists who claim they are staged, there is also the testimony of thousands among those who survived the gulag on whom Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Syrian Network for Human Rights & other Syrian human rights groups have based their investigations.