Target: Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative to the United Nations
Goal: Free Amal Jamil Nasr, who has been held incommunicado as a result of her activism and is at risk of torture
Amil Jamil Nasr, a Syrian human rights worker and head of the Women’s National Coordination Office for
Democratic Change, was recently arrested in Damascus. She has been held incommunicado and has yet to be charged with a crime. Sign the petition and demand that the authorities free her immediately.
Amil Jamil Nasr was driving in Damascus when she was stopped by plainclothes security officers and brought to the city’s Military Intelligence branch. Her husband Adnan al-Dibs, who is also an activist and is associated with the Syrian Communist Workers Party and the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, was arrested at their home on the same day. He was released after five days in custody, but Amil Jamil Nasr has been held incommunicado ever since. Her arrest is likely to be a direct result of her political activism; aside from her position at the Women’s National Coordination Office for Democratic Change, she is a strong proponent of nonviolent conflict resolution and has attended numerous workshops abroad on that topic. Amnesty International strongly believes that Amil Jamil Nasr is being held solely on the basis of her activism and political beliefs, and she is at high risk of being tortured or otherwise ill-treated while in custody.
Syria, like all other members of the global community, is under an obligation to respect human rights. Amil Jamil Nasr is a prisoner of conscience and must therefore be released immediately.
The recent arrest and incommunicado detention of Amil Jamil Nasr is outrageous and unacceptable. I therefore demand that she be released immediately.
Amil Jamil Nasr, the head of the Women’s National Coordination Office for Democratic Change, is a nonviolent, pro-reform Syrian activist. Together with her husband Adnan al-Dibs, who is a member of Syrian Communist Workers Party and the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change, she was arrested on March 2. While Adnan al-Dibs was released from custody after five days, however, Amil Jamil Nasr remains in detention, where she has been unable to communicate with friends, family, or legal representation. Amnesty International fears that she is at risk of torture or ill-treatment.
Peaceful expression of political beliefs is not a crime, and it appears that this is all Amil Jamil Nasr is accused of. In that case, she is a prisoner of conscience and must be release immediately, in accordance with Syria’s international human rights obligations.
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