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Take Action! Ahmad Abdeen, Teenage Protest Singer & Political Prisoner in Syria

UPDATE 11 Nov 2011: Ahmad’s friends have announced his release from detention! We send our warmest congratulations to Ahmad! And we redouble our efforts in support of the thousands of other political prisoners who remain detained by the brutal regime in Syria.

About Ahmad Abdeen:
Arms spread wide, Ahmad Abdeen loved to sing at protests. His hero was the protest singer Ibrahim Qashush, who was killed by the regime. Ahmad came to be nicknamed “the Ibrahim Qashush of Qudsiyeh,” Qudsiyeh being the neighborhood in Damascus where protests were often held. “His face just glows when he sings,” family and friends say of him. Ahmad is nineteen years old, a working-class hero who helps his father to support Ahmad’s younger sister and three younger brothers. After he eluded capture by security forces on August 28, Ahmad went into hiding, staying at a different house each night. It took ten security agents to capture him. He was captured after leading the songs at this rally [pictured] on September 23, in his hometown, Hameh, which is more or less part of Syria’s capital city, Damascus (Hameh is a small town formerly adjacent to city limits that was swallowed by urban sprawl years ago).

TAKE ACTION

1. Join Ahmad’s support page on Facebook.

2. Write for Ahmad Abdeen:
Please use the below sample letter to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Ahmad Abdeen. The mail should be addressed to the Syrian Embassy in Washington DC, with copies to international foreign ministries worldwide as well as media outlets. Addresses appear below the sample letter.

SAMPLE LETTER:

To the relevant authorities:

I am writing to demand the immediate and unconditional release of teen-aged activist Ahmad Abdeen from detention in Syria’s security system.

Ahmad Abdeen, age 19, was detained on September 23, 2011 by regime security forces. He is arbitrarily detained. Arbitrary detention is illegal according to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 7. Syria signed this Covenant on 21 April, 1969.

In addition, torture is illegal in Syria, both under international law as well as according to Article 28 (3) of the Syrian Constitution. The Penal Code of Syria stipulates punishment for anyone inflicting torture on a person. Syria’s security system is thus responsible for the safety and well-being of Ahmad Abdeen.

I hold the Syrian government responsible for the safe return of Mr. Abdeen, and for all prisoners of conscience and political prisoners currently held in Syria’s detention and prison system. All such detainees should be released immediately and without condition.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

ADDRESSES (copy & paste into your email address line):

To (Syrian Embassy in Washington DC): info@syrembassy.net

cc (Foreign Ministries worldwide): jerzy.buzek@europarl.europa.eu, michael.spindelegger@bmeia.gv.at, kab.bz@diplobel.fed.be, info@mvp.gov.ba, iprd@mfa.government.bg, imprensa@itamaraty.gov.br, imprensa@planalto.gov.br, pm@pm.gc.ca, ministar@mvpei.hr, minforeign1@mfa.gov.cy, podatelna@mzv.cz, udenrigsministeren@um.dk, vminfo@vm.ee, umi@formin.fi, bernard.kouchner@diplomatie.gouv.fr, inform@mfa.gov.ge, guido.westerwelle@auswaertiges-amt.de, gpapandreou@parliament.gr, titkarsag.konz@kum.hu, external@utn.stjr.is, dcpf@mea.gov.in, minister@dfa.ie, gabinetto@cert.esteri.it, segreteria.frattini@esteri.it, mfa.cha@mfa.gov.lv, tonio.borg@gov.mt, secdep@mfa.md, post@mfa.no, DNZPC.Sekretariat@msz.gov.pl, pm@pm.gov.pt, msp@mfa.rs, ministry@mid.ru, miguel.moratinos@maec.es, beatriz.lorenzo@maec.es, registrator@foreign.ministry.se, info@eda.admin.ch, info@mfa.gov.tr, haguew@parliament.uk, stewartkb@state.gov

cc (various media outlets): evening@cbsnews.com, earlyshow@cbs.com, 60m@cbsnews.com, 48hours@cbsnews.com, dateline@nbcuni.com, hardball@msnbc.com, joe@msnbc.com, nightly@nbc.com, today@nbc.com, newshour@pbs.org, ombudsman@npr.org, city@thestar.ca, letters@latimes.com, letters@nytimes.com, Bruce.Wallace@latimes.com, Mark.McGonigle@latimes.com, news-tips@nytimes.com, foreign@nytimes.com, nytnews@nytimes.com, editor@usatoday.com, wsj.ltrs@wsj.com, letters@washpost.com, ombudsman@washpost.com, letters@newsweek.com, letters@time.com, letters@usnews.com, info@ap.org, redaktion@faz.de, redactie@volkskrant.nl, ole.erik.almlid@aftenposten.no, bjorn.hedensjo@dn.se, redaktion@tages-anzeiger.ch, simon.jeffery@guardian.co.uk, redazione.tg5@mediaset.it, redazione.studioapertorm@mediaset.it, skytg24.redazione@skytv.it, segreteria_roma@repubblica.it, roma@lastampa.it, segreteria@unita.it, lorenzocairoli@hotmail.com, redazione@ilmanifesto.it, nadiapizzuti@gmail.com, nadia.pizzuti@ansa.it

* Photo and biography of Ahmad Abdeen provided by Dr. Mohja Kahf.>

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