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Syria: Arrest of Prominent Human Rights Defender Mr Khalil MatoukLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
William Gomes asks President Bashar al-Assad to release human rights attorney from custody.
(SALEM) - If any single government in the world today needs to set an example with regard to human rights, it is Syria.
It is a nation targeted by the west while simultaneously battling a war on its own soil against fighters which include terrorists among their ranks. They are determined along with the west, to topple the regime.
It is sad to note that while this inner turmoil takes place, the Syrian government has jailed a prominent human rights lawyer, Khalil Matouk, who provides legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses in Syria.
Khalil Matouk, who is a member of the Syrian Bar Association, is also the executive director of the Syrian Centre for Legal Studies and Research.
Our Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes respectfully requests Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to intervene and release this human rights defender who also has severe health issues. He should be released immediately.
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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