Syrian National Coalition Demands Immediate Release of Human Rights Activists

9 December 2014

One year ago today, Syrian human rights activists Razan Zeitouneh, Samira Khalil, Wael Hamada and Nazim Hamadi were illegally abducted by unknown armed assailants in the Syrian city of Douma. Tragically, their whereabouts remain unknown.

An award-winning human rights lawyer and activist who documented atrocities throughout the Syrian uprising, Razan Zeitouneh co-founded the Local Coordination Committees and the Violations Documentation Center. Zeitouneh's husband, Wael Hamada is a steadfast activist who has worked tirelessly for human rights. Samira Khalil is a former political prisoner of the Syrian regime, who bravely defied the Syrian dictatorship. Naim Hamadi is a lawyer and poet. On 9 December 2013, all four were kidnapped from their office at the Violations Documentation Center and detained. They have not been heard from since.

The Syrian National Coalition demands the immediate and unconditional release of all four activists as well as any information on their well-being and whereabouts. We condemn their kidnapping and demand that those responsible for these reprehensible and illegal actions be held accountable, as required by international human rights law. As required by UN Security Council resolutions 2139 and 2165, we further demand that all arbitrarily detained people in Syria are released without delay. No Syrian should have to fear arbitrary arrest, abduction or detainment in the pursuit of peaceful, journalistic and humanitarian activities.

For more information on the #Douma4, see statement released by Human Rights Watch and signed by dozens of human rights groups: 

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