“Nazem could have left the country but he chose to stay.
He chose to stay due to the sense of responsibility he felt towards the people and towards the society.
He chose to stay due to his unparalleled generosity.
Nazem chose to continue the thorough non-violent documentation of the abuses against civilians in Syria. His decision to stay cost him in turn to be abducted and forcibly disappeared”.
Molhim al-Hassani, Executive Director of the Syrian Activists Monitoring Organisation
Nazem Hamadi is an active human rights defender and a poet. On 9 December 2013 he was along with three colleagues abducted by masked armed men and taken to unknown whereabouts.
They were kidnapped from the office for the Violations Documentation Center (VDC) and the Local Development and Small Projects Support (LDSPS) in the Damascus suburb of Douma, part of Eastern Ghouta, an area under the control of a number of armed opposition groups that is being besieged by government forces. The VDC is an independent non-governmental organization that has been mainly documenting human rights abuses committed by the Syrian government in the context of the conflict. The LDSPS provides humanitarian assistance, particularly to medical centres in areas like Eastern Ghouta.
His current fate and whereabouts are unknown.
Source: FIDH-OMCT in the framework of their joint programme the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders
More information on this case
“Petra Kelly prize awarded to four abducted human rights defenders“, 17 December 2014
“No word on four abducted activists: A year on, no information on Duma four“, 9 December 2014