Fatima Ahmed Hawool, born in Khanah Sarreh village in the Deyrick area, in 1976, who is an active member of the Sittar Federation Women’s organisation was arrested on the evening of 12th March 2010 by a Political Security patrol.
Syrian Committee for Human Rights – MAD, and Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD condemn this unjust ruling of the Court against Fatima Ahmed Hawool. They we consider the decision to be arbitrary, which constitutes a clear violation of the Declaration on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, adopted and Proclaimed by General Assembly Resolution 52/144 in 1998, specifically in Articles 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. This provision is a clear demonstration of the determination of the Syrian authorities to move ahead with violating the most basic public freedoms, and the pursuit of political activists and human rights and civil society activists, and those interested in public affairs in Syria. It conflicts with Syria’s international commitments on human rights through the ratification of relevant international conventions.
Syrian Committee for Human Rights – MAD, and Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD call upon the Syrian government to close the file on this trial and drop the charge attributed to Fatima Ahmed Hawool. They call for an end to the trial of Syrian citizens in the special courts, including military justice, because it constitutes a violation of their right to a fair trial. They call for the commitment of the Syrian government to honour international human rights conventions that have been signed and ratified, and call for the commitment of the Syrian government to recommendations of the Commission on Human Rights in its 84th session, July 2005, in particular the sixth paragraph regarding a State of Emergency, Article 4, and to ensure that these rights are upheld including Articles 9, 14, 19 and 22, and paragraph twelve of these recommendations – which require the State Party (Syria) to immediately release all persons detained because of their activities in the field of human rights, and to put an end to all practices of harassment and intimidation against defenders of human rights.
17 December 2010