Syria: ANHRI Welcomes the Release of Mazen Darwish & Condemns Continuation of his Trial

Cairo: 11 August, 2015

150810165506_mazen_darwish_640x360_scm_nocredit The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has welcomed the release of Mazen Darwish- journalist and founder of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression- after more than three years of arbitrary detention. ANHRI, as well, deprecated the continuation of his unfair trial that is set for adjudication at the 31st of August 2015.

Syrian authorities yesterday, August 10, discharged the human rights activist “Mazen Darwish”, following an arbitrary detention lasted for 3 years, 5 months and 20 days. Although the authorities have issued several pardoning decrees during the period of Darwish’s arrest, they refused to include Mazen Darwish in any of them.

Syrian Air Force Intelligence stormed the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression in the Syrian capital (Damascus) on the 16th of February 2012. Following that, they arrested Darwish and his colleagues, Hany Zaitani and Hussein Gharir, and brought them to trial over the accusations of promoting terrorist acts that their penalty reaches hard labor for 15 years.

It is worth noting that Mazen Darwish is the founder of Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression. On the International Press Freedom Day, the UNESCO awarded him the “Press Freedom” Prize. Also, Darwish received Roland Berger Human Dignity Award in 2011 in recognition of his calls for freedom of expression in Syria.

Even though we welcome the release of Mazen Darwish, we see it came very late,” ANHRI said. “We slam those authorities for continuing the arrest of Mazen Darwish for more than 39 months in an unfair trial for him and his associates in the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression,” ANHRI added.

Syrian authorities should abandon its control and repression of all right; leading Syria to this deteriorating condition. Also, they should halt all the unfair and farcical trials, and let all the rights unrestrained, including the freedom of expression, ANHRI said.

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