Thursday, October 19, 2006

Syrian political prisoners freed

In the last few weeks several high profile political prisoners have been set free, including Michel Kilo today. At least the government seems to be relenting under pressure from Amnesty International and perhaps also Syrian expatriates (see There are still many prisoners of conscience whose families are not permitted to see them and whose fate is unknown. Judging by past behaviour, the regime likes to play cat and mouse games with dissidents. The low profile ones languish in jail without trial and at the rulers' whim and pleasure. The higher profile ones are "taught a lesson" then set free with the expectation that they will tone down their cristicisms or emigrate before they are re-arrested. Let's hope the prisoners release is the result of an enlightened policy change rather than the usual antics.


Fares said...

Philip, great post. I hope though I am skeptical that it is a policy change. But I am not really sure...we will not stop until all prisoners are finally free, minor or high profile ones. All Syrians are equal and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your great support and I am very happy to have friends like you.

Fares said...

There is danger in Surrender

I guess Michel Kilo is still in Jail. Need some creative art to cause an impact. Some people said I am only saying words, but together we can make a difference. Keeping Kilo in Jail will be very costly.

Philip I need your help