Assad regime releases Assyrian activist after eight months of “arbitrary detention”

An Assyrian activist signs on a wall full of calls of freedom for Assyrian prisoners. The image was taken inside the Assyrian Democratic Organization in Qamishli. File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – On Monday evening the Syrian authorities released the leader of the Assyrian Democratic Organization (ADO), Dr. Samir Ibrahim, who has been in detention since July 5, 2014. 

Ibrahim was reported to have been arrested by pro-Assad forces at a military checkpoint on the Beirut-Damascus highway. 

The media office of the organization issued a statement on Monday, saying: “While we renew our condemnation of the arbitrary arrest of Dr. Samir Ibrahim, we express at the same time our satisfaction for his release and we consider it as an incomplete step; the remaining Assyrian and Syriac detainees in the Syrian regime’s prisons should have been released as well.” 

“We still have comrade Gabriel Moshe, a member of the political bureau in the ADO and all prisoners of freedom in Syria,” the media office said.

Dr. Samir Ibrahim, 59, was born in the city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria. For years, Ibrahim worked as a volunteer in a medical center affiliated with the Assyrian Assembly for Assistance and Development in the city of Qamishli. 

Civil rights activist Omar Haji told ARA News that civilian activists in Syria have suffered the most under the war conditions and suppression from the Syrian regime and militant groups over the past four years.

“Any authority that aspires to stay in power should support the civil society activists, because they are the guarantors of development and progress at various institutions,” he argued. “It is unfortunate to see an aged activist like Ibrahim exposed to arbitrary arrest.”

“On the occasion of his release, we demand the Assad regime free all civilian activists from its prisons.” 


Reporting by: Mohammed Ali 

Source: ARA News

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