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Take Action! Demand the Syrian Regime Release Child Political Prisoner, Yazan Amro, Age 12!

About Yazan Amro:
Yazan Ahmad Amro is just twelve years old. Despite a congenital heart condition, Yazan is a top student. He lives in Syria’s fourth largest city, Hama.

Yazan had heard about the thirteen-year-old boy of Dara, Hamza Khatib, who was tortured to death by the regime and his body delivered to his parents on May 24 2011. Ever since then, Yazan identified with the protesters. When Yazan’s father, Ahmad Amro, was killed by regime forces on August 1, 2011 during a demonstration, Yazan started saying to his family, “I want to march out like Hamza and my dad.”

In a horrendously criminal act, Military Security grabbed Yazan as he marched with his friends and other schoolchildren on October 10, 2011.

Arbitrarily detaining 12 year old Yazan is unconscionable to the extreme. Holding a child as a political prisoner is a heinous crime, illegal under international as well as Syrian law. We condemn the detention of the child Yazan Amro in the strongest possible terms, and demand his immediate and unconditional release.

TAKE ACTION

1. Join Yazan’s support page on Facebook.

2. Read the Syrian Human Rights Council’s Statement of Concern for Yazan Amro (in Arabic)

3. Write for Yazan Amro:
Please use the below sample letter to urgently demand the immediate and unconditional release of 12-year-old political prisoner Yazan Amro. 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 urgently demand the IMMEDIATE and UNCONDITIONAL release of a 12-year-old child, Yazan Amro, from arbitrary detention in Syria’s security system.

This child, Yazan Amro, age 12, was detained on October 10, 2011 in Hama by Military Security, in violation of all relevant national and international laws, specifically those pertaining to children. 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 physical and psychological well-being of Yazan Amro.

I hold the Syrian government exclusively responsible for the safe return of this 12 year old child, Yazan Amro, 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 Yazan Amro provided by Dr. Mohja Kahf.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Take Action! Demand the Syrian Regime Release Child Political Prisoner, Yazan Amro, Age 12!

  1. This child, Yazan Amro, age 12, was detained on October 10, 2011 in Hama by Military Security, in violation of all relevant national and international laws, specifically those pertaining to children. 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 physical and psychological well-being of Yazan Amro.

    I hold the Syrian government exclusively responsible for the safe return of this 12 year old child, Yazan Amro, 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.

    Posted by parvaneh | October 30, 2011, 3:33 am
  2. This is an OUTRAGE! There are laws in place to protect this child. We must unite in a global cry for justice. How dare they grab Yazan. Detaining a 12 year old? This could be any one of our children, and we should treat it as just that. Syria….let this be a warning to you, this child is to be released unscathed. Your actions are beyond evil and the world is fed up with this regime and your buddys the Rat Regime. You are dirty, filthy sewer rats and will not be around long. Let this boy go!!!!! NOW!!!!! I am telling you that a spotlight is landing on your idiot heads, and like Monkeyface and his no brained cronies, you deserve to pay for your criminal acts! FREEDOM for the SYRIAN PEOPLE! FREEDOM!!!! FREEDOM for the IRANIAN PEOPLE!!!!! We will not stop until Freedom reigns!!!!!

    Posted by Kimberly McGregor Clark | October 31, 2011, 8:45 pm

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