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Syria- Free kidnapped journalists Abdulwahab Almullah and Rami Al-Razzouk

2013-11-13

On 7 November 2013, a group of unidentified armed men kidnapped broadcaster and civil rights activist, Abdulwahab Almullah, from his home in the Hanono neighborhood of Aleppo city, then they forced him into their car, according to eyewitnesses,

Almullah has participated in the establishing of "Aleppo News Network" as a member and media consultant and also contributed in establishing the "Aleppo Reporters Union."

On 1 October 2013, journalist, Rami Al-Razzouk, was kidnapped by a group of armed men at a checkpoint between the cities of Raqqa and Toubqa. According to reports, he was severely tortured before being transferred to the city of Deir ez-Zor.

Rami Alzruk is from the city Deir ez-Zor and works as director for the office of "Ana Foundation of New Media" in the city of Raqqa.

There is no information about their whereabouts nor the reasons for their kidnapping. There are grave concerns that fear they are both being subjected to sever torture by their captors.  

The GCHR believes that the kidnapping of Abdulwahab Almullah and, Rami Al-Razzouk and their on-going detention are directly related to their work in defence of human rights, specifically in promoting freedom of information and expression in Syria. The GCHR condemns in the strongest terms these acts of kidnapping and calls on the international community and all those who have influence in Syria to ensure their immediate release.

The United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognizes the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of reprisals. We would particularly draw your attention to Article 11: “Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to the lawful exercise of his or her occupation or profession,” and to Article 12 (2): “The State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threat, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration.”