Also known to his friends as “Mustafa” and “Abu Muhammad,” he is from Daraya’s nonviolence activist group. He was imprisoned 11 August 2011 by Air Force Intelligence, after a protest that began at Annas bin Malik Mosque in Daraya.
Muhammad AboZayd was one of the original members of Daraya Youth, a group of young women and men that was active between 1998 and 2003, when 18 male members of the group were imprisoned for undertaking grassroots initiatives including a street litter pick-up, efforts to open a public library that had been closed by security, and printing an awareness-raising calendar about corruption. The values of the group expanded, and when the revolution broke out in Syria last March, Daraya became an epicenter of nonviolence values informing the revolution. It is they who gave water bottles to soldiers sent to shoot them at protests.
Air Force Intelligence is the security branch responsible for detentions of people from the city of Daraya, a town of 180,000 just southwest of Damascus. Daraya has been particularly targeted by the regime, with over 600 residents imprisoned (locals say close to 1000).
Write for Muhammad AboZayd and pressure the regime to return him to his family.
1. Join Muhammad’s support page on Facebook.
2. Write for Muhammad AboZayd:
Please use the below sample letter to urgently demand the immediate and unconditional release of political prisoner and father of 5 children, Muhammad AboZayd. 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 Muhammad AboZayd from arbitrary detention in Syria’s security system.
Muhammad AboZayd was arrested on 11 August 2011 in Daraya by Air Force Intelligence and is currently detained as a political prisoner, in violation of all relevant national and international laws. Muhammad AboZayd 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 Muhammad AboZayd.
I hold Bashar Assad and the Syrian regime exclusively responsible for the safe return of Muhammad AboZayd, 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.
ADDRESSES (copy & paste into your email address line):
To (Syrian Embassy in Washington DC): email@example.com
cc (Foreign Ministries worldwide): firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, DNZPC.Sekretariat@msz.gov.pl, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
cc (various media outlets): firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Bruce.Wallace@latimes.com, Mark.McGonigle@latimes.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
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):
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Syrian embassy, Great Britan Contact Form
* Photo and biography of Muhammad AboZayd provided by Dr. Mohja Kahf.