Petition update

We still don’t know where Bassel is

Mohamad Najem
Beirut, DC, Lebanon

Dec 3, 2015 — Thanks to all 38,000+ of you for signing this petition and standing up for Bassel. Noura (Bassel’s wife) and his mother and father still don’t know where Bassel is or what condition he is in. For months we’ve been pushing diplomats from different countries to find out where he is, but we’ve received little-to-no help.

Now, it is time to bring our concerns to the United Nations and ask the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to call on Syria to release Bassel Khartabil.

The UN Secretary-General has stood up for prisoners of conscience from around the world, and he has the power to push countries to free their prisoners, as he has in Egypt and Iran. Please ask Ban Ki-moon to support Bassel Khartabil and call for his immediate release:

Click to tweet at the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: http://ctt.ec/41bOV

Email the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at bkm@un.org. Copy and paste this text and make it your own.

SUBJECT: Secretary-General: Please stand up for this technologist imprisoned in Syria
BODY:
Dear Mr. Secretary-General,

My name is XX from XX, and I am one of 40,000 individuals and organizations from around the world that is asking you to call for the release of Bassel Khartabil, a digital rights advocate and technologist currently imprisoned in Syria.

In 2012, the Syrian government arrested Bassel Khartabil, brought him to a military court, and accused him of "harming state security”. Bassel is a distinguished computer engineer credited with opening up the Internet in Syria and vastly extending online access and knowledge for the Syrian people. Bassel has been tortured, and his wife Noura no longer knows of his whereabouts. Last month, reports began to circulate that stated he may have been sentenced to death.

In the past, you have directly appealed to countries like Egypt and Iran to free their prisoners of conscience, and I am urging you to do the same for Bassel.

Please visit the #FreeBassel campaign website at freebassel.org and see the official petition at change.org/freebassel. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
XX


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