Syrian Blogger Hussein Ghrer is FREE!

After 37 days, Syrian blogger and activist Hussein Ghrer is now free. The judge approved his release on bail of 50,000 S.P. (around 1000$) today Thursday 1-12-2011.

Syrian Blogger Hussein Ghrer

The 32 year-old blogger was kidnapped in Damascus in an ambush on 24-10-2011 and was taken to security services branches in Al-Khateeb and Kafaقsouseh, then was transferred to Adra prison, a prison that is considered by activists and revolutionaries as “haven” in comparison to security services, or worse, Air Intelligence service- a place where worst kinds of torture is practiced against detainees.

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SCM: Syrian Blogger Hussein Ghrer Referred to Court

The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression’s statement today on friend and fellow blogger Hussein Ghrer:

Syrian blogger and activist Hussein Ghrer was transferred today Thursday, November 17, 2011 from the general security headquarters-branch 285-to the civil court in Damascus. He was brought before the public prosecuters in Damascus then transfered to the Zablatani branch.

However office hours ended before Ghrer’s questioning session began, as a result he was transferred to Central Prison in Adra. Now he is awaiting his trial scheduled on Saturday 19/11/2011.

Many human rights and free speech organizations have called on to free the detained Syrian blogger who was detained 24/10/2011 for unknown reasons.

The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression stresses the need to guarantee Hussein Ghrer a public and fair trial as stated in Syrian constitution and again urges immediate release of all detainees.

Fears over the Deteriorating Health Condition of Detained Syrian Blogger Hussein Ghrer

The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression published the following statement today on detained friend and fellow blogger Hussein Ghrer:

The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression expresses concern over Syrian blogger Hussein Ghrer’s disappearance, given that all communication with him has been cut off since the evening of Monday 24/10/2011. No information about him has come to light since that time.

The Center notes that the detained blogger suffers from hypertensive vascular disease and cardiac mitral valve prolapse. For that reason, the Center fears his health is deteriorating, a factor that may pose a direct threat to his life in case he is not taking his medications on a regular basis.

The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression considers the disappearance of blogger Hussein Ghrer a clear case of enforced disappearance, a systematic practice by the Syrian security services under the state of emergency declared in the country since 1963, despite a formal end to the law under the legislative Decree No. 161 dated 04/21/2011.

Syrian blogger Hussein Ghrer, born 04/11/1979, is a computer engineering graduate and works as a programmer. He is a married father of two children who blogs at http://www.ghrer.net. Many of his blog entries and articles are on freedom issues and Syrian or Arab public affairs. Below are some examples, all in Arabic:

1. Between the National Dialogue in Syria and the Detention of Blogger Anas Maarawi.

2. Tunisia, Sudan, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, history and citizenship after 2011

3. Vote against the Violence, and for Citizenship

4. Towards a culture of law: Legislative Decree No. 37 related to crimes of honor, a step forward, but?

5. Towards a culture of law: the Constitution (1)

6. Towards a legal culture: the new labor law -workers Union Shows Concerns but the Ministry Appeals

Syrian blogger Hussein Ghrer was one of the first to blog in solidarity with the Palestinian and Lebanese peoples against Israel’s wars. He also participated in the “Syrian bloggers for the occupied Golan” campaign.

The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression demands the Syrian authorities to disclose the fate of the Syrian blogger Hussein Greer and release him immediately, or to submit him to a public court that meets the conditions of a fair trial, if a legal justification is available.

The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression considers Ghrer’s forced isolation from the outside world and the concealment of his fate and whereabouts which prevent him from accessing necessary medical, humanitarian, and legal assistance to be a clear violation of the Syrian Constitution and the International Declaration that both guarantee protection to all persons from enforced disappearance. Such systematic policies committed by Syrian authorizes contradicts its obligations towards the state of human rights and the treaties it has signed and ratified.

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Syrian Bloggers’ Statement on the Detention of their Fellow Blogger Hussein Ghrer

Silence doesn´t serve us after today. We don´t want a country where we get imprisoned for uttering a word. We want a country that embraces and welcomes words.
This is the last thing Syrian blogger Hussein Ghrer demanded on his blog, and here we are today blogging with sadness on the news of Hussein´s detention, without knowing why, and where he is now.

Hussein is 30 years old, he is married and has two kids. He participated in several campaigns in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers during the Zionist invasion of Gaza and blogged about the war against Lebanon in 2006. He was well-known for his work with the “Syrian bloggers for the occupied Gholan” and for his solidarity with the victims of “Honor crimes” in the country.Fear of freedom and hatred against all liberties are responsible for Hussein´s detention. Words are Hussein´s weapons, and ours too. We want these weapons to break the silence. We command you to raise your voice for Hussein´s freedom and all prisoners of conscience in Syrian cells.

We demand the immediate disclosure of the fate of our friend and fellow blogger Hussein Ghrer and the immediate release of all prisoners of conscience, since their detention is against the law and universal human rights. We also demand the end of persecution against freedom of speech, because blind force, no matter how strong it is, will stay blind, and will stumble until it falls for good.

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بيان المدونين السوريين حول اعتقال الزميل والصديق حسين غرير

“لم يعد الصمت ينفع بعد اليوم، لا نريد وطناً نسجن فيه لقول كلمة، بل وطناً يتسع لكل الكلمات. ” آخر ما طالب به المدون السوري حسين غرير على مدونته, وها نحن اليوم ندوّن بأسى خبر اعتقال زميلنا حسين، من دون معرفة أسباب الاعتقال أو المكان الذي اقتيد إليه.

حسين, ذو الثلاثين ربيعاً, متزوج وأب لطفلين, شارك في العديد من حملات التضامن مع الشعب الفلسطينيين في حرب الكيان الصهيوني على غزة, ودوّن عن حرب الكيان ضد لبنان في 2006 وكان من المنظمين البارزين لحملة “مدونون سوريون من أجل الجولان المحتل” منذ سنوات, كما كان أحد المشاركين في حملة اليوم العالمي للتضامن مع ضحايا جرائم الشرف.

رُهاب الحرّية والكره العميق للأحرار هو ما يجعلهم يعتقلون حسين، الكلمة هي سلاح حسين وسلاحنا، ونريدها أن تكون سلاح جميع أنصار الصوت مقابل الصمت. ندعوكم لرفع الكلمة وإعلاء الصوت من أجل حرّية حسين غرير وحرّية جميع معتقلي الرأي وأسرى الضمير في زنزانات سوريا.

نطالب السلطات السوريّة بالكشف عن مصير حسين وجميع أصدقائنا، عرفناهم شخصياً أم ﻻ، من أسرى الرأي والإفراج الفوري عنهم لما في اعتقالهم من مخالفة للقانون ولحقوق الإنسان، ونطالب أيضاً بوقف اﻻستقواء المخزي على أصحاب الرأي والكلمة. فالقوّة العمياء، مهما كبر حجمها، تبقى عمياء: تتعثر بنفسها وتسقط.

حملة المطالبة بحرية الزميل حسين غرير على الفيسبوك.

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