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Take Action! Demand Release of Tareq Saeed Belshe, Political Prisoner Held Incommunicado in Syria

About Tareq Saeed Belshe:
Tareq Saeed Belshe is 31 years old and a resident of Syria’s coastal city of Latakia. Tareq was arbitrarily arrested and detained on 19 Augest 2011. No charges have been filed, yet in early September, he appeared on Syrian television where he was forced to “confess,” most likely under torture.

As of October 19, Tareq has been discovered by his friends to be held at Latakia Central Prison. His friends believe that his health is holding up. However, he is still arbitrarily imprisoned, held incommunicado, not allowed contact with his family or lawyer, and not charged with any crime.

Tareq Saeed Belshe is a political prisoner in Syria. We demand his immediate, unconditional release.

TAKE ACTION

1. Join Tareq’s support page on Facebook.

2. Write for Tareq Saeed Belshe:
Please use the below sample letter to urgently demand the immediate and unconditional release of Tareq Saeed Belshe. 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 Tareq Saeed Belshe from arbitrary detention in Syria’s security system.

Tareq Saeed Belshe was arrested on 19 August 2011 and is currently detained incommunicado, in violation of all relevant national and international laws. Tareq 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 Tareq Saeed Belshe. I especially condemn the fact that Tareq was forced to make a televised “confession,” which was almost certainly induced under torture.

I hold Bashar Assad and the Syrian regime exclusively responsible for the safe return of Tareq Saeed Belshe, 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

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@cytanet.com.cy, syremb@net.yu, embsiria@loreno.net, embsiria@uol.com.br, sabouni@stonline.sk, hungary@syrianembassy.hu, syrianemb@raha.com, syianemb@cbn.net.id, mofa.aung@mptmail.net.mm, souria@volny.cz, syria@email.it, vienna_embassy@syrianembassy.jet2web.at, embsyria@palmyra.neostrada.pl, syria.em.arm@netsys.am, info@syrianembassy.de, syrianmission@verizonmail.com, arableague@aol.com, arabstat.dept@las.int, asiaaust.dept@las.int, multilateral.dept@las.int, familyhealth.unit@las.int, woman.unit@las.int, communication.dept@las.int, family.dept@las.int, americas.dept@las.int, io.dept@las.int, security.dept@las.int, ns.dept@las.int, missions.dept@las.int, environment.dept@las.int, trade.dept@las.int, esres.dept@las.int, complaint.dept@las.int, inspection.dept@las.int, population.dept@las.int, youthsp.dept@las.int, military.dept@las.int, ecorelation.dept@las.int, arelations.dept@las.int, civilsoc.dept@las.int, protocol.dept@las.int, Aou.dept@las.int, conference.dept@las.int, europe.dept@las.int, humanrights.dept@las.int, civildialogue.dept@las.int, Shoun.arabiyya@las.int, basicservices.dept@las.int, alcouncil.dept@las.int, research.dept@las.int, ajaa.dept@las.int, legal.dept@las.int, healthhum.dept@las.int, central.mail@las.int, socialdev@las.int, socculture.sector@las.int, ecosocial.dept@las.int, media_general.dept@las.int, gs.secretary@las.int, info.sect@las.int, control.sector@las.int, coordination.committee@las.int, psc.dept@las.int, press.dept@las.int, sg.cabinet@las.int, political.dept@las.int, sgdep.cabinet@las.int

Syrian embassy, Great Britan Contact Form

* Photo and biography of Tareq Saeed Belshe provided by Dr. Mohja Kahf.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Take Action! Demand Release of Tareq Saeed Belshe, Political Prisoner Held Incommunicado in Syria

  1. People, many of the addresses, including this one (syremb@cytanet.com.cy), do not work. The mail I sent bounced back. Please check the addresses, and also remove the sentence about Zaid in the second paragraph of the sample letter. (Clearly it comes from another appeal for another prisoner.)
    Thanks.

    Posted by Ida Audeh | November 14, 2011, 12:43 am

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