Syrian pro-democracy artist arrested in Damascus

0 Posted by - February 1, 2008 - Blog

The continuing unrest in Syria over the Damascus Declaration is resulting in more people being jailed, this time well-known artist and activist Tala Abu Dan.

The Damascus Declaration is deeply critical of the Syrian state and is an open call for democratic reform, greater participation and an end to corruption, martial law and political persecution. It also urges Syrian authorities to recognise international human rights laws, and to guarantee the right of political work to all components of the Syrian people in their various religious, national, and social affiliations. The Declaration was signed by over 300 intellectuals.

Syria's National Organization for Human Rights condemned the arrest, along with earlier arrests. So far, Syrian authorities have detained 11 activists in connection with the Declaration.

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