Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Now 3,001 political prisoners in Syria with the arrest of Riad Seif

FT.com / World - Syria arrests prominent dissident

"Haitham Maleh, a prominent human rights lawyer, estimates the country now has more than 3000 political prisoners now, compared to 2000 people in jail for their political views in 2005. Last year, the courts handed down stiff sentences of up to 12 years to at least six prominent dissidents, including human rights lawyer Anwar Bunni and writer Michel Kilo. They were arrested after signing a declaration criticising the government’s policies in neighbouring Lebanon in 2006."

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