In partnership with the Syrian British Council we hosted on Tuesday 2 November a film screening of "Bringing Assad to Justice" followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers Anne Daly and Ronan Tynan. The film is a remarkable story of efforts against the odds to make one of the worst regimes of our time accountable for heinous crimes without parallel since the Nazis.
Never in history has more evidence, and at great risk, been gathered against any regime for war crimes and crimes against humanity than that of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Almost like a thriller, equally unprecedented efforts have been made to stop any attempt to secure justice and accountability while Syrians, many of whom themselves have been tortured and imprisoned by the regime like human rights lawyers have sought to overcome the impossible and are making history in their bid to ensure that Assad himself and all of those responsible for these crimes will be brought to justice.
The documentary also looks at the battle of the narratives over Syria and the efforts by the Assad regime and Russia in particular to paint the peaceful protests and millions who supported the 2011 uprising as terrorists or supporters of terrorists. Finally, the documentary offers a fascinating insight into the role of art by Syrians in the area of justice and accountability.