Posted by Joshua on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010
BBC World Service
Back in the 1950s, as a lawyer and a judge, Haitham Maleh began promoting human rights in Syria. Haitham Maleh was arrested after an interview with opposition TV. In the 1980s he was detained without trial for seven years. Since then he has been tried three times by military tribunals and only last year, now in his late 70s, Haitham Maleh was arrested again.
The BBC’s William Edmundson spoke to his son, Ilyas.
Bashar al-Assad became president after his father died in June 2000. It is nearly 10 years since Bashar al-Assad inherited the Syrian presidency from his father, Hafez al-Assad. So what are the prospects for change in the country?
Joshua Landis heads the Centre for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.