Violations Documentation Center in Syria – VDC
Messages to Razan Zaitouneh…
April 29 coincides with the birthday of Razan Zaitouneh, the prominent lawyer and human rights activist who was kidnapped in Douma city, Damascus (Eastern Ghouta). Razan disappeared on 9 December 2013, along with three other activists; Samira Khalil, Wael Hamadah (Razan’s husband) and lawyer Nazim Hammadi. To date, their fates remain un unknown, despite hundreds of calls for their immediate and unconditional release.
In her last article before she disappeared, Razan described the kidnapping of an activist in Ghouta, calling for an end to all campaigns of abduction and the release of captives. Razan wrote:
“While initial attention to every abduction takes place through the media and social networks, the case is soon forgotten in light of the almost complete inability to influence or intervene for the good of the abducted; their fate remain unknown…”
The Violation Documentation Center in Syria (VDC) calls on activists around the world to send messages of solidarity to Razan on her birthday, to be published on 29 April 2015. The VCD also reiterates its demands for the immediate and unconditional release of Razan, Samira, Wael and Nazim. Moreover, it calls on all relevant and active groups in Eastern Ghouta to shoulder their responsibilities towards the matter without delay.
Please include a name, job description and organization with each message to the following address: