Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Syria must release abducted human rights activist Ismail Abdi of Kiel!

INVITATION TO HUMAN RIGHTS EVENT  Berlin/Göttingen, September 24, 2010
Demonstration and rally in Berlin
A demonstration and rally will be held this Monday outside the Syrian Embassy in Berlin to demand the release of abducted human rights activist Ismail Abdi, a German of Kurdish descent. The demonstration is being organized by a coalition of Syrian-Kurdish and German organizations, including the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP).
Ismail Abdi was seized at the Aleppo International Airport on August 23 when
he was on his way back to Germany after a visit to Syria. Since then, nothing has been learned of the whereabouts of the 50-year-old Abdi. His family, residing in Kiel since 1998, has been denied information as well. To date they have not been able to contact him. Abdi’s wife and four children, aged seven to 20 years, fear that he may be in serious condition, as he suffers from health problems.
For many years Ismail Abdi has advocated for human rights and more democracy in Syria. He also keeps the STP apprised of the human rights situation in Syria. Abdi heads the German office of the Committee for the Defense of Democratic Freedoms and Human Rights in Syria (CDF), and works with human rights organizations in Germany and abroad.
“Ismail Abdi has not done anything wrong. But obviously the Syrian government wants to punish him for his criticisms and his commitment to human rights,” says human rights activist Tilman Zülch, President of GfbV International. Zülch has already appealed to the German government to call for the immediate release of Abdi.
Come to the “Free Ismail Abdi” demonstration:
Monday, September 27, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Syrian Embassy in Berlin, Rauchstr. 27, Berlin-Tiergarten
For more information, contact the head of the STP’s Middle East section, Dr. Kamal Sido, by phone at +49 (0) 173/ 673 3980.
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Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker / Society for Threatened Peoples
P.O. Box 20 24 – D-37010 Göttingen/Germany
Nahostreferat/ Middle East Desk
Dr. Kamal Sido – Tel: +49 (0) 551 49906-18 – Fax: +49 (0) 551 58028
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