Human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Syrian government of hanging more than 13,000 people in Saydnaya prison. In its report, the group says that the Syrian state quietly "slaughter" its own people.
A Lebanese former political prisoner wants people to hear the story of his extraordinary ordeal in two of Syria's most notorious prisons. Now he is reaching new audiences - with a little help from an old German composer.
Amnesty International has estimated that 50 civilians per week were unlawfully executed at a military prison between 2011 and 2015. The rights group has called on the regime to be brought before the ICC.
The US State Department has said it has evidence that Bashar al-Assad's regime is hiding mass killings. A spokesperson also cast doubt on a Moscow-approved plan for safe zones in the war-torn country.
Following a chilling report by Amnesty International revealing mass executions led by the Syrian government, the country's artists and intellectuals have joined calls to prosecute President Assad for war crimes.
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