Since the outbreak of violence in Syria in 2011, the Museum has sought to educate the general public on the crimes against humanity and war crimes being committed against Syrian civilians by the Assad regime and its allies, stimulate policy considerations for efforts to save civilian lives there, give voice to the victims, and support efforts to pursue justice for these crimes. All of the Museum’s activities on Syria are predicated on the belief that the global response to the crisis has been woefully insufficient and a stain on our collective conscience. Learn more about Syria below.
This study briefly introduces the conflict in Syria, which has taken the lives of more than 500,000 people and displaced millions more through the Assad regime's widespread and systematic targeting of Syrian civilians.
The photos that a former Syrian military photographer smuggled out of the country in July 2014 and brought to the Museum provide evidence of the government’s crimes against its own people.
The Museum has worked to keep the crisis in Syria in the public eye through exhibitions at the Museum, public programs, and more.
The Museum solemnly remembers the victims of mass atrocities in Syria and renews its call for more robust efforts to protect civilians from further bombardment, fully meet the humanitarian needs of displaced communities, and redouble efforts to achieve a lasting political settlement.
Mouaz Moustafa, 31, a Syrian who immigrated to the US as a boy, has worked with the Museum to raise awareness of mass atrocities in his native country.
The Museum has held events and conducted research to stimulate policy considerations for efforts to save civilian lives in Syria.
In 2014 the Museum sent a delegation to Jordan to bear witness to the plight of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria.
This 2013 study, by noted Syrian expert Frederic C. Hof, concluded the longer the conflict in Syria continues, the greater the danger becomes that mass sectarian violence against civilians could result in genocidal violence in certain areas.
Fellows Tod Lindberg and Lee Feinstein examined the challenges and imperatives in creating a deeper and more effective transatlantic commitment to atrocity prevention. Their work undertook a deep analysis of the conflict in Syria where US and international atrocity prevention efforts failed to live up to the promise of Never Again.