Hani al-Zaitani and Hussein Ghrer finally released

Mazen Darwish remains in detention


Human rights defenders and members of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) Hani al-Zaitani and Hussein Ghrer have finally been released after more than three years of arbitrary detention. They were arrested on 16 February 2012, when plain clothes Air Force Intelligence agents raided the office of SCM in Damascus and arrested all present staff members, including Mazen Darwish, director of the SCM and the 2015 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

Hussein Ghrer and Hani al-Zaitani were released from Hama prison on 17 and 18 July 2015 respectively. Their colleague Mazen Darwish remains detained.

The three men are still on trial before the Syrian Anti-Terrorism Court on accusations of “publicizing terrorist acts,” The next court hearing on their case is scheduled for 22 July 2015.