Journalists and media activists-both males and females- played an important role in shedding light on the unfolding events in Syria since the break out of the Syrian revolution in 2011. All the credit goes to them in exposing thousands of human rights violations against Syrians. That is why the different sides, which are in conflict in the Syrian arena, purposefully targeted them both directly and indirectly.
Arrest, detention, abduction and enforced disappearance were some of what journalists and media activists have been faceing in Syria. There are, at least, 32 journalists in Syria who are detained in inhumane conditions or whose fate is unknown.
On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Syrian Center for journalistic Freedoms of the Syrian Journalists Association expresses solidarity with all the journalists who are currently in prisons and detention centers and with the forcibly disappeared persons.
The center calls on all nations and all human rights organizations to put pressure on the active actors in theSyrian arena to release the detained journalists and reveal the fate of the forcibly disappeared persons. It also calls on them to view the case of the forcibly disappeared and the arbitrarily detained persons in Syria as a humanitarian crisis of high priority. On this basis, the center calls on the United Nations Security Council to carry out its duties in dealing with this crisis.
The center stresses that failing to deal firmly with such type of crimes, and allowing the perpetrators to act with impunity, would make the victims, their families, and their sympathizers lose their faith in the international community, justice, and the values of human rights. It would only produce more hatred, extremism and terrorism.
August 30, 2017
Syrian Journalists Association
Syrian Center for journalistic Freedoms