About Us

Site of Conscience

A Site of Conscience is a place of memory  such as a historic site, place-based museum or memorial that prevents this erasure from happening in order to ensure a more just and humane future. Not only do Sites of Conscience provide safe spaces to remember and preserve even the most traumatic memories, but they enable their visitors to make connections between the past and related contemporary human rights issues. Participating Sites of Conscience members researched information, mapped each site with GIS and collected or shot images of each site. In the future, this site will be activated further through multi-media oral histories, additional images, a timeline of key events in the region, and the addition of more sites of detention, torture or imprisonment. We welcome your comments and feedback on the site.


Our Mission

Across the Middle East and North Africa, prisons, checkpoints and former clandestine sites of torture are at risk of destruction or deterioration. Erasing this past will prevent new generations from learning critical lessons and destroy opportunities to build a peaceful future in the region - and the world. To ensure this does not happen, regional members of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience have created this pioneering region-wide digital map documenting these sites of human rights violations.

Mapping MENA

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is the only global network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights. We turn memory into action.