In light of the recently leaked Tadamon massacre video, which depicts the April 2013 execution and mass burial of civilians inside the Damascus suburb, the MENA Prison Forum will host Professor Uğur Ümit Üngör and researcher Annsar Shahhoud to speak about the violence and mass killings perpetrated by the Syrian regime under Bashar Al Assad since the early years of the Syrian uprising. Professor Üngör and Ms. Shahhoud will provide an account of the Mukhabarat’s atrocities, which cast a portentous shadow over recent efforts to normalize relations with the Assad regime. Citing the words of high-ranking Mukhabarat operative, Jamal Al Khatib—who admitted that he “would rather kill” people in the streets than feed them in prison—the discussion will likewise address the links that exist between the Tadamon massacre and the dynamics that characterize Syria’s prisons.
Time: Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm Beirut time.
Language: The discussion will be in Arabic and English with translation in both languages.
The subsequent Q&A session will be both in Arabic and English.
Deadline for registration: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 by 11:59 Beirut time.
Annsar Shahhoud holds a master’s degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of Amsterdam and NIOD Institute in Amsterdam. Her research focuses on state violence in Syria.
Uğur Ümit Üngör is Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam and NIOD Institute. He has published books and articles on various aspects of genocide, including Paramilitarism: Mass Violence in the Shadow of the State (Oxford University Press, 2020) and the forthcoming Syrian Gulag: Assad’s Prison System, 1970-2020 (Boom Publishers, 2022).