Syria: Human rights organizations mark birthday of Razan Zaitouneh with renewed call for release of ‘Duma Four’

first_img April 28, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Syria: Human rights organizations mark birthday of Razan Zaitouneh with renewed call for release of ‘Duma Four’ News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria (Geneva, 28 April 2015) – To mark the 38th birthday (on April 29) of missing human rights defender and lawyer Razan Zaitouneh, head of the Violations Documentation Centre in Syria (VDC), winner of the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award of RAW in WAR (Reach All Women In War), the 70 undersigned human rights organizations today reiterate their call for her immediate release, as well as that of her missing colleagues Samira Khalil, Nazem Hamadi and Wa’el Hamada.On December 9, 2013, the four human rights defenders, collectively known as the “Duma Four”, were abducted during a raid by a group of armed men on the offices of the VDC in Duma, near Damascus. There has been no news of their whereabouts or health since.The VDC is active in monitoring and reporting on human rights violations in Syria and the undersigned organizations believe that the abduction of the four activists was a direct result of their peaceful human rights work. Their ongoing detention forms part of a wider pattern of threats and harassment by both government forces and non-state actors seeking to prevent human rights defenders exposing abuses.In the months prior to her abduction Razan Zaitouneh wrote about threats she had been receiving and informed human rights activists outside Syria that they originated from local armed groups in Duma. The most powerful armed group operating in Duma at the time of the abductions is the Army of Islam headed by Zahran Alloush. In April 2014, Razan Zaitouneh’s family issued a statement saying they held Zahran Alloush responsible for her and her colleagues’ wellbeing given the large presence his group maintained in the area. Organisation Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further SyriaMiddle East – North Africa The undersigned organizations, as well as other activists, have been calling for the release of the “Duma Four” since their abductions. Today they again urge the Army of Islam and other armed groups operating in the area to take immediate steps to release the abducted VDC staff, or investigate their abduction and work for their release. They further urge governments that support these groups, as well as religious leaders and others who may have influence over them, to press for such action, in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2139, which “strongly condemns” the abduction of civilians and demands and immediate end to this practice.Razan Zaitouneh has been one of the key lawyers defending political prisoners in Syria since 2001. She has played a key role in efforts to defend the universality of human rights and support independent groups and activists in Syria. Along with a number of other activists, she established the VDC and co-founded the Local Coordination Committees (LCCs), which co-ordinate the work of local committees in various cities and towns across Syria. She also established the Local Development and Small Projects Support Office, which assists non-governmental organizations in besieged Eastern Ghouta. Samira Khalil has been a long-time political activist in Syria and had been detained on several occasions by the Syrian authorities as a result of her peaceful activism. Before her abduction, she was working to help women in Duma support themselves by initiating small income-generating projects. Wa’el Hamada, an active member of the VDC and co-founder of the LCC network had also been detained by the Syrian authorities. Before his abduction he was working, together with Nazim Hamadi, to provide humanitarian assistance to the residents of besieged Eastern Ghouta.Signatories:1- Alkarama Foundation (in Geneva)2- Amman Center for Human Rights Studies3- Amnesty International4- Arab Foundation for Development and Citizenship 5- Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)6- Arab Organization for Human Rights in Syria7- Badael Foundation8- Bahrain Centre for Human Right9- Defending Prisoners of Conscience in Syria Organization10- Cairo Center for Development (CCD)11- Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHR)12- Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)13- Centre for Democracy and Civil Rights in Syria14- Committees for the Defending Democratic Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria15- El-Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence16- Enmaa Center for Democracy and Human Rights17- Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)18- Fraternity Center for Democracy and Civil Society19- Front Line Defenders (FLDs)20- Freedom House21- Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR)22- Human Rights First Society , Saudi Arabia23- Human Rights Organization in Syria – MAF24- Human Rights Watch (HRW)25- Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (HIVOS)26- Hand in Hand Organization , Syria 27- Monitor for Human Rights in Saudi Arabia28- Index on Censorship29- International Media Support (IMS)30- International Centre for Supporting Rights and Freedoms31- International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)32- International Service For Human Rights (ISHR)33- Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)34- International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders35- Iraqi Women Network 36- Iraqi Journalists Rights Defense Association(IJRDA)37- Iraqi Network for Social Media (INSM)38- Kurdish Committee for Human Rights in Syria (observer)39- Kurdish Organization for Human Rights in Syria (DAD)40- Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation41- Lawyers for Lawyers 42- Lulua Center for Human Rights 43- Madad NGOs44- Maharat Foundation 45- MENA Media Monitoring group46- Metro Centre to Defend Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan47- National Organization for Human Rights in Syria48- Nazra for Feminist Studies 49- No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ)50- One World Foundation (OWF)51- Omani Observatory for Human Rights52- World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders53- Pax for Peace – Netherland 54- Pen International 55- Reach All Women in War (RAW)56- Reporters Without Borders (RSF)57- Sawt Al Niswa58- Sentiel Human Rights Defenders59- Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights (SAF)60- Syrian American Council (SAC)61- Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)62- Syrian Center for Legal Researches & Studies63- Syrian Journalists Association64- Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR)65- Syrian League for Citizenship 66- The Regional Coalition for Women Human Rights Defenders In Middle East and North Africa67- Tunisian Initiative for Freedom of Expression68- Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC)69- Vivarta70- Yemeni Organization for Defending Human Rights and Democratic Freedom March 8, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mikel, Joel Obi, Omeruo, 25 Others for Poland, Serbia Friendlies

first_imgAlso, home-based goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who stood between the sticks for the very crucial last four World Cup qualifying games (home-and-away to Cameroon, home to Zambia and away to Algeria), his colleagues in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) squad that finished as runners up to host Morocco, defender Stephen Eze and forward Gabriel Okechukwu, are also handed opportunities.The Franco-German gaffer also extended invites to Deportivo La Coruna’s Francis Uzoho and Daniel Akpeyi of Chippa United in the South African topflight.Russia-based Brian Idowu, who scored against Argentina on his debut in a friendly in Krasnodar in November last year, and Al Ahly of Egypt’s Junior Ajayi, who earned an Olympic bronze in Brazil in 2016, are also called.Three-time African champions Nigeria will trade tackles with the Bialo-Czerwoni (White and Red) or Eagles, as the senior national team of Poland is known, at the 43,000-capacity Stadium Wroclaw on Friday, 23rd March 2018.Four days later, the Eagles will take to the pitch against Serbia at The Hive, London – home ground of Barnet FC and London Bees.These are the first two in a list of six friendly encounters planned for the Super Eagles by the NFF ahead of the 21st FIFA World Cup finals in the Russian this summer.THE FULL LISTGoalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Gabriel Okechukwu (Akwa United)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeAfter weeks of speculations on players to make Gernot Rohr’s squad for the World Cup 2018 build up matches against Poland and Serbia, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), yesterday unveiled a 28-man list with Skipper John Mikel Obi as arrowhead.Apart from usual suspects like Victor Moses, Ogenyi Onazi, Williams- Troost Ekong, Leon Balogun, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi and Elderson Echiejile, the Super Eagles coach also recalled former junior international defender, Kenneth Omeruo and injury prone Joel Obi to strengthen the midfield.last_img read more