Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies (DCHRS)

Syria: Obstacle to the freedom of movement imposed on Mr. Danial Saoudþ

SYR 009 / 0611 / OBS 096

Obstacle to
the freedom of movement imposed on Mr. Danial Saoud

June 28,
2011

The
Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of
the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation
Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following
situation in Syria.

Description
of the situation:

The
Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the obstacle to the
freedom of movement imposed on Mr. Danial Saoud, President of the
Committees for the Defence of Democratic Freedoms and Human Rights (CDF).

According to the information received, Mr. Danial Saoud was prevented from
leaving Syria and travelling to Cairo, Egypt, where he was invited to
participate in an ordinary meeting of the Executive Committee of the
Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN), organised from June 24 to 26,
2011. No motive justifying this travel ban was given to him by the
authorities. 

The
Observatory recalls that in June 2009, Mr. Saoud was previously prevented from
leaving Syria and travelling to Geneva, Switzerland, where he was supposed to
take part in the Seminar organised by OMCT on how to address the economic,
social and cultural root causes of violence through the UN Special Procedures
System[1].

The
Observatory firmly condemns this restrictive measure imposed on Mr. Danial
Saoud which merely seems at hindering his human rights activities and muzzling
the freedom of expression.

The Observatory considers travel bans as an additional tool to silence Syrian human
rights defenders preventing them from addressing regional and international
fora about human rights violations committed in Syria, particularly in light of
the current violent repression of peaceful protests in the country. The
Observatory
calls upon the Syrian authorities to put an end to the acts
of harassment against Mr. Danial Saoud, and more generally against all human
rights defenders in the
country.

 

Actions
requested:
 

Please
write to the Syrian authorities, urging them to: 

i.
Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Mr.
Danial Saoud
, as well as of all human rights defenders in Syria;

ii. Put an
end to any obstacle to his freedom of movement as well as of all human rights
defenders in Syria, and ensure in all circumstances that Syrian human rights
defenders are able to carry out their work without unjustified hindrances;

iii. Comply
with all the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights
Defenders, in particular with its Article 1, which provides that “everyone has
the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to
strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental
freedoms at the national and international levels”, its Article 5 (c), which
states that “for the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and
fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association
with others, at national and international levels (…) to communicate with
non-governmental or intergovernmental organizations”, its Article 6 (b)
regarding the right “to freely publish, impart or disseminate to others views,
information and knowledge on all human rights and fundamental freedoms”, as
well as with 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, threats, 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”;

iii. Ensure
in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in
accordance with international human rights standards and international
instruments ratified by the Syrian Arab Republic.

Addresses:

·
President, His Excellency Bashar al-Assad, Presidential Palace, al Rashid
Street, Damascus, Syria Arab Republic, Fax: +963 11 332 3410

· Minister
of Defence, His Excellency General, Ali Habib Mahmud, Ministry of Defence, O
mayyad Square, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, Fax: +963 11 223 7842

· Minister
of Justice, His Excellency Mr. Tayzeer Qala Awwad, Ministry of Justice,
Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, Fax: +963 11 666 2460

· Minister
of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Wallid Mu’allim, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, al-Rashid Street, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, Fax: +963 11 332
7620

·
Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari,
Permanent Mission of the Syrian Arab Republic to UN in Geneva, 72 rue de
Lausanne, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland, Fax: +41 22 738 42 75, Email: mission.syria@ties.itu.int
 

· Embassy
of the Syrian Arab Republic in Brussels, 1 avenue F.D. Roosevelt, 1050
Brussels, Belgium, Tel: +32 2 554 19 22; Fax: +32 2 648 14 85

Please also
write to the diplomatic mission or embassy of the Syrian Arabic Republic in
your respective country.

Paris-Geneva,
June 28, 2011

Kindly
inform us of any action undertaken quoting the code of this appeal in your
reply.

To contact
the Observatory, call the emergency line:

·        
E-mail: Appeals@fidh-omct.org

·        
Tel and fax FIDH + 33 (0) 1 43 55 25 18 / +33 1 43 55 18 80

·         Tel and fax OMCT + 41 (0) 22 809 49
39 / + 41 22 809 49 29

 [1] See Observatory’s Annual Report
2010.