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Ali al-Abdallah
Nationality Syrian
Occupation Writer
Known for Democracy Activist
Political Prisoner

Ali al-Abdallah is a Syrian writer and human rights activist.[1][2] He was arrested in Syria in March 2006.[2][3] He was again arrested and jailed during 2007 after trying to revive the Damascus Declaration, a rights movement named after a 2005 document that demanded that bans on freedom of speech and assembly be lifted and Syria's emergency law abolished.[1][4] He was released from Adra Prison on June 23, 2010, and re-imprisoned one day later for writing an article that was critical of Syria's ties with Iran.[1][5] A Syrian military court charged him with weakening national morale.[5] The United States asked Syria to free him.[6]

Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience, "held solely for the peaceful expression of his beliefs", and called for his immediate release.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Syria jails elderly lawyer for striving to end emergency law". Haaretz. February 26, 2011. http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/syria-jails-elderly-lawyer-for-striving-to-end-emergency-law-1.299983. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "NewsLibrary". Nl.newsbank.com. March 23, 2006. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=NewsLibrary&p_multi=BBAB&d_place=BBAB&p_theme=newslibrary2&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=1108F8EFA9CF1C18&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  3. No Room to Breathe. November 8, 2005. http://books.google.com/books?id=vAG1EzqxXyAC&pg=PA31&dq=%22Ali+al-Abdullah%22+syrian&hl=en&ei=YUX2Tdj2E6Sr0AHg4ISpAw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAQ. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  4. Human Rights Watch (December 17, 2010). "Syria: Free Activist Who Criticized Iran – AlertNet". Trust.org. http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/syria-free-activist-who-criticized-iran/. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Syrian writer held again after release". Gulf Times. June 19, 2010. http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/printArticle.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=369073&version=1&template_id=37&parent_id=17. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  6. "Syria jails elderly government critic for 3 years". Uk.reuters.com. July 4, 2010. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2010/07/04/uk-syria-lawyer-idUKTRE6631L720100704. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  7. "Release Syrian prisoner of conscience ‘Ali al-‘Abdullah". Amnesty International. February 4, 2011. http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE24/011/2011/en/549618a3-84e3-4c8c-bb30-0a77f34700a8/mde240112011en.html. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 

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