Syrian authorities must drop charges against three human rights defenders and release all prisoners of conscience
Sixteen international organizations have joined the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) in welcoming the release of its president Mazen Darwish and in calling for all charges against him and his colleagues to be dropped, as well as for the release of all other prisoners of conscience who remain detained by the Syrian authorities.
The organisations also continue to protest the arbitrary detention of many other peaceful activists and others held by the authorities as a result of the legitimate exercise of their human rights, such as the cases currently documented through the Free Syria’s Silenced Voices campaign.
Activists have also been targeted by non-state armed groups. Among others, Razan Zaitouna and her colleagues Samira Al-Khalil, Nazem Hamadi and Wa’el Hamada from the Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC) in Douma remain missing following their abduction on 9 December 2013.
The Syrian authorities must comply with their obligations under international law, including international human rights and humanitarian law, and release all persons detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association or solely for treating the sick and wounded or providing humanitarian assistance. Non-state armed groups, including the Army of Islam and other armed groups operating in Douma and elsewhere in the country, must stop their practice of abducting human rights defenders and release those detained.
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
Committee to Protect Journalists
International federation for Human Rigjhts (FIDH)
Front Line Defenders
Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)
Human Rights Watch (HRW)
International Media Support (IMS)
International Press Institute (IPI)
PEN American Center
Reporters without Borders (RSF)
Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)
The Day After
Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)