Posted by Joshua on Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
Syrian activists set to be freed
By Lina Sinjab
The Syrian authorities are expected to release the final members of a leading human rights group who were recently rounded up.
There was no explanation for the detentions on Sunday, the eve of the International Day for Human Rights.
About 30 members of the Damascus Declaration for Democratic Change were detained after a meeting they held in the Syrian capital on Saturday.
Most activists were released a few hours after the arrest.
Public gatherings by the group have been banned, and Sunday's arrest appeared to be an attempt by the Syrian authorities to enforce that rule.
The detention follows a meeting by 168 human rights activists on Saturday, at which they called for gradual and peaceful democratic change in Syria.
A leading member of the group told the BBC after his release that the move was a message to weaken the Syrian opposition movement.
The prominent Syrian writer Akram Al Bunni was arrested this morning (11 Dec 2007). The intelligence officers informed his family that he would be back home in an hour, but his fate is unknown until now. Akram, himself a former political prisoner for 17 years during Hafez Assad's rule. He is the brother of prominent lawyer and rights activist Anwar Bunni who was jailed in May 2006 and was sentenced for 5 years.
those who are still arrested: Samer Nashar- Osama Ashor from Aleppo Ahmad To'ma from Derelzor Jaber al-Shofi from Swaidaa Akram al-Bunni who was "taken" today morning other names, the information is still confusing about them.
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