Syria Jails Democracy Activists on International Human Rights Day
Syria issued summonses and arrested dozens of opposition activists, including the brother of political prisoner Anwar Bunni, during International Human Rights Day, human rights groups said on Tuesday.
Authorities acted on Sunday and continued targetting opponents on Monday, the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, rights campaigners said.
The crackdown targetted around 30 people who signed the 2005 Damascus Declaration calling for “radical change” in Syria and took part in a 163-person protest held on December 1, the groups continued.
Security officials visited the home of writer and protester Akram Bunni, who was elected as secretary of the National Declaration of Damascus Council on December 1, the rights groups and a member of his family added.
In April, his brother, human rights lawyer Anwar Bunni, was jailed for five years after signing the declaration on relations between Lebanon and Syria, its former powerbroker.
Anwar Bunni was arrested immediately following the trip by Nancy Pelosi to visit the Assad regime in Damascus.
Image released by his family Tuesday April 24 2007 shows one of Syria’s most vocal human rights activists, lawyer Anwar al-Bunni as he talks on his cell phone in Damascus in this February 21, 2006 file photo. A Syrian court sentenced al-Bunni to five years in prison on April 24, 2007 for criticizing government policy towards Lebanon.(AP).