Reveal Whereabouts of Disappeared Student


Target: Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Goal: Disclose the whereabouts and legal status of a forcibly disappeared student

Salaheddin al-Tabbaa, a Syrian student, was recently taken into custody by security forces as he tried to cross the border into Lebanon. His location has not been revealed, despite repeated attempts by his family to ascertain his whereabouts. Sign the petition and demand that his location be disclosed and that he either be charged with an internationally-recognizable criminal offense or released immediately.

Syrian prisons are known for torturing and otherwise ill-treating inmates, and an incommunicado detention greatly increases the risk to a prisoner. Relatives believe that al-Tabbaa was targeted due to his work with the Red Crescent; he is studying to be a dental technician and often volunteered with the organization. According to his relatives, “he is not known as a political activist,” Amnesty International reports.

The mysterious circumstances surrounding al-Tabbaa’s disappearance, as well as the lack of charges brought against him suggest that he is a prisoner of conscience and must therefore be released immediately and unconditionally. Sign the petition demanding that his whereabouts be revealed and that he either be charged with an internationally-recognizable criminal offense or released, and urge the Syrian government to respect the rights of civilians, volunteers, and activists alike.


Your Excellency,

I am writing to express my concern over the well-being of disappeared student Salaheddin al-Tabbaa, who was taken into custody as he tried to cross the border from Syria to Lebanon. He has not been seen or heard from since he was detained, and although a warrant was reportedly issued for his arrest it is unclear what he is being charged with or where he is being held. His family has made repeated attempts to ascertain his whereabouts but they have been unsuccessful. I urge you to ensure that al-Tabbaa is treated fairly and humanely and that his location is made public as soon as possible.

Amnesty International reports that, according to his relatives, al-Tabbaa “is not known as a political activist.” He did, however, volunteer with the Red Crescent since he was studying to become a dental technician. Amnesty International believes that his volunteer work was a precipitating factor in his arrest.

Political activist or not, al-Tabbaa should not have been arrested without charge, nor should he be held incommunicado, which puts him at great risk of torture and other ill-treatment. I demand that al-Tabbaa’s location be disclosed immediately, that he have access to his family and to a lawyer, that he be guaranteed safety from torture, and, most importantly, that he be either charged immediately with an internationally-recognizable criminal offense or released unconditionally.


[Your Name Here]

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