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Take Action! Demand Release of Raji Jawabra, Student and Political Prisoner Held Incommunicado in Syria

About Raji Jawabra:
Raji Jawabra is originally from Dara. A student, he graduated near the top of his class in 2010 with a degree in communication technology and is working on his masters degree. His cell phone and the cell phone of his sister Dana Al Jawabra were confiscated when he was detained on 7 October 2011.

Dana, an architect, was imprisoned earlier during the revolution for participation in a peaceful vigil in Marjeh Square, Damascus, in front of the Interior Ministry, on 16 March 2011. That protest was one of the trigger events motivating the people of Dara to protest on 18 March 2011 for the 15 imprisoned children of Dara.

It is suspected that Raji is being held in revenge for Dana’s activism, as he himself has not been active in protests.

Raji’s father, Ibrahim, died recently. Not only did Raji not get to say goodbye before his father passed, but he may not even know of his loss.

Take action for Raji.


1. Join Raji’s support page on Facebook.

2. Write for Raji Jawabra:
Please use the below sample letter to urgently demand the immediate and unconditional release of sudent and political prisoner Raji Jawabra. 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 student Raji Jawabra from arbitrary detention in Syria’s security system.

Raji Jawabra was arrested on 7 October 2011 and is currently detained incommunicado, in violation of all relevant national and international laws. Raji 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 Raji Jawabra.

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



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