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Take Action! Anas Shughri, 23-year-old Human Rights Activist, Protest Leader, and Political Prisoner Held Incommunicado in Syria

About Anas Shughri:
Anas Shughri is a 23-year-old student of economics at Tishreen University. He is also a community-level social activist involved in activities promoting nonviolence and democratic reforms. On March 18, 2011, in his hometown of Banyas, he called: “Those who want to demand freedom, come with us!” And the people came. Anas played a leading role in initiating and organizing the peaceful protests in Syria. His close kin, when describing him, report that “he knows no fear.”

During the ongoing revolutionary uprising, Anas monitored human rights violations committed by the Assad regime during its bloody repression of the peaceful protest movement, and reported these to human rights organizations and the mass media. But as under any dictatorship, he would pay a price for his dissent and activism: on May 15, 2011, Anas Shughri was arrested by security forces near Banyas. He has been held incommunicado and under torture since that time. He has also reportedly been threatened with execution.


1. Join Anas’s support page on Facebook.

2. Write for Anas Shughri:
Please use the below sample letter to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Anas Shughri. 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.


To the relevant authorities:

I am writing to demand the immediate and unconditional release of human rights and democracy activist Anas Shughri from detention in Syria’s security system.

Anas Shughri, age 23, was detained on May 15, 2011 near Banyas by 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 fully responsible for the safety, health and well-being of Anas Shughri.

I hold the Syrian government responsible for the safe return of Mr. Shughri, 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.

[Your Name]

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

To (Syrian Embassy in Washington DC):

cc (Foreign Ministries worldwide):,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

cc (various media outlets):,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

* Photo and biography of Anas Shughri provided by Dr. Mohja Kahf.



2 thoughts on “Take Action! Anas Shughri, 23-year-old Human Rights Activist, Protest Leader, and Political Prisoner Held Incommunicado in Syria

  1. Ok.. done….. sent to all on the list, had 2 automated replies, lets see if i get any more replies !!

    Posted by Debbie N | October 21, 2011, 9:46 pm
  2. CHER MONSIEUR JE SUIS DE TOUT COEUR AVEC VOUS? NOTRE LIBERTE A DU PRIX certe nous somme d’hors mais nous pensons à vous. ce régime est le pire régime de l’humanité.

    en espérant votre liberation d’ici peu , vive la Syrie libre

    Posted by Tareq Benziad | October 26, 2011, 1:41 pm

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