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Take Action! Demand Release of Husam Uzayel, Poet, Student, and Political Prisoner in Syria

About Husam Uzayel:
Husam is a 23-year-old poet and a student of economics in his junior year at university. His last name in Arabic is spelled غزيل . Husam was imprisoned in Damascus on 5 October 2011. His family and friends have not able to contact him since. Like most political prisoners in Syria, he is held incommunicado: he has not been allowed any contact with a lawyer or his family. As in many cases, the authorities have refused to acknowledge that they are holding him.

Visit Husam’s Facebook support page and show his family and friends they’re not alone. Then send off your letter to the Syrian authorities demanding Husam’s release!


1. Join Husam’s support page on Facebook.

2. Write for Husam Uzayel:
Please use the below sample letter to urgently demand the immediate and unconditional release of poet, student, and political prisoner Husam Uzayel. 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 urgently demand the IMMEDIATE and UNCONDITIONAL release of 23-year-old college student Husam Uzayel from arbitrary detention in Syria’s security system.

Husam Uzayel was arrested on 5 October 2011 and is currently detained incommunicado, in violation of all relevant national and international laws. Husam 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 Husam Uzayel.

I hold Bashar Assad and the Syrian regime exclusively responsible for the safe return of Husam Uzayel, 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):,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Here are some additional addresses to send your appeals to. They include Syrian embassies around the world, the Syrian Mission to the UN, and (VERY important) several offices of the Arab League. (Many thanks to John Burke for these additional addresses):, syremb@net.yu,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Syrian embassy, Great Britan Contact Form

* Photo and biography of Husam Uzayel provided by Dr. Mohja Kahf.



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