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Take Action! Demand Release of Zaid Ismail, 19-Year-Old Student and Political Prisoner Held Incommunicado in Syria

About Zaid Ismail:
Born in 1992 in Latakia, Zaid is a student in the city of Homs at Baath College. He was imprisoned on 4 August 2011 and is being held incommunicado in an unknown location. Nothing more is known.

Young prisoners who are not well known or do not have a high profile are often targeted for harsher treatment by security forces because they think there will be less popular reaction.

Let us show them they are wrong. Take action for Zaid.


1. Join Zaid’s support page on Facebook.

2. Write for Zaid Ismail:
Please use the below sample letter to urgently demand the immediate and unconditional release of 19-year-old political prisoner Zaid Ismail. 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 19-year-old college student Zaid Ismail from arbitrary detention in Syria’s security system.

Zaid Ismail was arrested on 4 August 2011 and is currently detained incommunicado, in violation of all relevant national and international laws. Zaid 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 Zaid Ismail.

I hold Bashar Assad and the Syrian regime exclusively responsible for the safe return of Zaid Ismail, 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 Zaid Ismail provided by Dr. Mohja Kahf.



2 thoughts on “Take Action! Demand Release of Zaid Ismail, 19-Year-Old Student and Political Prisoner Held Incommunicado in Syria

  1. thank you so much …
    keep it up

    Posted by Azzam Sultan (@Ec1ipze) | November 12, 2011, 9:11 pm

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