The #WhereIsBassel campaign has spread globally. On March 19, 2016, marking the week of the 4th anniversary of Bassel’s arrest, people from all over the world asked together: #WhereIsBassel? London, Berlin, Paris, Toulouse, Sicily, Boston, San Francisco, Shenzen, Singapore and Beirut – all called out for the Syrian government to reveal Bassel’s whereabouts and send him free.
When Bassel returns home,
he will see these photos showing
his friends, lovers and supporters
calling out for him.
Bassel will know that
he has never been forgotten
for a second.
Nine activists were arrested in Bangkok over Facebook comments critical of Thailand’s ruling junta and its leader Prayuth Chan-o-cha. The activists referred in their critical Facebook comments to the new draft constitution made by the ruling junta after seizing power in a May 2014 coup. The charter was drafted following the retraction of an old constitution committed to elections in Thailand by 2017. The new draft constitution has been stirring great…
Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, a 29 year-old Mauritanian blogger, was sentenced to death in December 2014 on the charge of apostasy after he wrote an article about the Prophet Mohamed and his use of the caste system. His sentence marked the first such charge to carry a death sentence since Muslim-majority Mauritania’s independence from France in 1960. An appeal court has…
Ebru Umar, a 45 year-old Dutch columnist of Turkish descent, was arrested on 23 April over tweets which deemed to be offensive towards the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Umar was arrested at her apartment in Kuşadası and was taken to a local police station for investigation. Umar, a writer and a prominent journalist, is a regular columnist for the Dutch Metro newspaper. She is known…
Nguyen Huu Vinh, a 60 year-old Vietnamese blogger, was sentenced by the People’s Court in Hanoi to five years in prison over publishing anti-state blog posts. The prominent blogger was given the sentence along with his assistant, 36 year-old Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, who will be serving three years behind bars. Both were convicted under Article 258 of the penal code for “abusing democratic freedoms…
An editorial by Jimmy Wales Foundation published on The Guardian:
“Khartabil is a member of the Wikipedia community, a true believer in free knowledge and freedom of expression. His arbitrary arrest, torture and rumoured death sentence are not only grave violations of International Human Rights Law, but also a significant blow to our shared values of internet freedom and free speech”
Click here for the full editorial.
Bassel Khartabil has been imprisoned in Syria since March 15, 2012. Bassel is a Palestinian Syrian national whom his love to technology might have got him into trouble in Syria as the revolution of 2011 has taken place. Bassel, the lead of Creative Commons Syria, had been detained in an undisclosed location for 9 months until he was transferred to Adra prison, where he finally gained access to see his family…