Syria: Pro-democracy activists on trial
Amnistía Internacional publicou hoxe un breve informe sobre o trato que están a recibir 12 activistas políticos en Siria, encarcerados por expresaren pacificamente as súas ideas. O informe, en PDF, leva por título “Repressing dissent: Pro-democracy activists on trial in Syria”. Copio un extracto do seu contido:
Feda’a al-Horani and 11 other pro-democracy activists, all Syrian nationals, are being tried before the Damascus Criminal Court. The charges that they face include “weakening national sentiment” and they could face up to 15 years’ imprisonment if convicted. They were detained after participating in a public meeting in December 2007 to elect the leadership of the Damascus Declaration for Democratic National Change (DDDNC), an opposition coalition that calls for peaceful, democratic reform and respect for human rights.
Feda’a al-Horani is held at Douma prison for women near Damascus; the other 11, all men, are detained at ‘Adra prison, also near Damascus. Initially they were detained incommunicado for up to two months. They are being held in poor conditions and at least eight of them were subjected to torture and other ill-treatment, including beatings, during interrogation.
Amnesty International considers all 12 to be prisoners of conscience detained solely for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression and to freedom of assembly and association. The organization calls for them to be released immediately and unconditionally and for all charges against them to be dropped. […]
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