Rethink Rebuild Society partnered with Stockport for Peace and Stockport Amnesty Group to organise the "Silenced Voices" exhibition on detainees in Syria, which was held at the Stockport Quaker Meeting House on Friday the 16th of March.
The exhibition relays the stories of detainees in the Syrian regime's prisons, some of whom's fate remains unknown to this day. It focuses on the stories of Syrian women and girls to dually convey the role of women within the uprising and to shed light on the regime's repression of the uprising's peaceful activism.
The exhibition was visited by Ann Coffey, Member of Parliament for Stockport, who listened to the experiences of several Syrian women refugees previously detained in regime prisons.
The event was concluded with a discussion with a public audience that included an introduction by Dr. Haytham Alhamwi on the issue of detainees and the recent visit of 'Caesar' - a defected Syrian military photographer who smuggled photoed evidence of tortured and killed detainees in Syrian prisons - to the UK. This was followed by talks given by Syrian women refugees and asylum seekers who were former detainees in which they shared their experiences and called for public pressure on the British Government to make progress on this detainee file.