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Take Action! Husain Essou, Writer & Democracy Activist, Political Prisoner in Syria

About Husain Essou:
Husain Essou is a prominent writer and democracy activist. He has publicly declared his support for the popular protests, attended demonstrations in al-Hasakah, and provided information regarding the ongoing uprising against the Assad regime to international media outlets. An independent Kurdish activist, he belongs to a group of researchers inclusive of Syria’s many ethnicities who want to empower citizens to build a democratic, pluralistic, civil society in Syria.

Husain Essou’s home in the northeastern city of Hasakeh is described by a friend as a “meeting place for all Syria’s diversity.” His home was extrajudicially raided by security agents who waited there for him to return from visiting friends. He was detained without warrant or charge on September 3, 2011, at about 2am by the Air Force Security branch, as part of what appears to be a more targeted crackdown by the regime on Kurdish activists.

Husain Essou, who is 59 years old, suffers from a heart condition and may not be receiving the regular heart medication he needs (Amnesty Int’l). As with all political prisoners under the Assad regime, he too is at high risk of torture.

TAKE ACTION

1. Join Husain’s support page on Facebook.

2. Write for Husain Essou:
Please use the below sample letter to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Husain Essou. 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 writer and democracy activist Husain Essou from detention in Syria’s security system.

Husain Essou, age 59, was detained on September 3, 2011 in Hasakeh by Air Force security. 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, health and well-being of Husain Essou. I specifically demand that Mr. Essou’s needs in terms of his heart medication and related medical care are attended to in a rigorous and professional manner.

I hold the Syrian government responsible for the safe return of Mr. Essou, 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 Husain Essou provided by Dr. Mohja Kahf.

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