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Take Action! Three Brothers, Political Prisoners, Held Incommunicado in Syria: Ahmad, Omar & Tareq Antar

UPDATE: Omar Antar has been released; please continue to write and work for his brothers’ release!

About the Antar Brothers: Ahmad, Omar and Tareq:
Three brothers from Latakia – Ahmad, Omar, and Tareq Antar – were captured in a raid by political security forces on their home in the Tabiyat neighborhood at 10am on September 7, 2011. The thugs of the security forces threw cigarette butts on the floor of their home and vandalized the walls with pro-Bashar slogans. Their cell phones and computers were confiscated at the time of their detention. The three young men are currently being held incommunicado by the regime; their family has not been able to contact them by any means.

TAKE ACTION

1. Join the Facebook support pages for each of these young men: Ahmad’s page, Omar’s page, and Tareq’s page.

2. Write for the Antar brothers:
Please use the below sample letter to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Ahmad, Omar, and Tareq Antar. 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 Ahmad, Omar, and Tareq Antar from detention in Syria’s security system.

Ahmad, Omar, and Tareq Antar were abducted from their home in Tabiyat on September 7, 2011 by political security forces. All three are 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 Ahmad, Omar, and Tareq Antar.

I hold the Syrian government responsible for the safe return of Ahmad, Omar, and Tareq Antar, 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

* Photos and biography of Ahmad, Omar, and Tareq Antar provided by Dr. Mohja Kahf.

Discussion

4 thoughts on “Take Action! Three Brothers, Political Prisoners, Held Incommunicado in Syria: Ahmad, Omar & Tareq Antar

  1. sent this… had a quick automated reply from 6 of the above🙂 awaiting the rest !!!!!

    Posted by Debbie N | October 21, 2011, 8:59 pm
  2. omar antar has been released … el hamdollah !!

    Posted by Zira Elsewhere | November 4, 2011, 3:12 pm

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