sabato 7 aprile 2012

Syria – Fears for Turkish journalists in Syria

AMNESTY URGENT ACTION
Turkish journalists Adem Özköse and Hamit Coşkun went missing while reporting on current events in northern Syria. They were in Syria, close to the Turkish border, on 10 March when they last made contact with colleagues. It is believed that they have been subjected to enforced disappearance, putting them at risk of torture and ill-treatment.
Adem Özköse, a 34-year-old reporter and Hamit Coşkun, a 21-year-old cameraman, entered Syria from the Turkish border on 5 March 2012. According to a colleague, they had intended to spend a week in the northern region of Syria in order to cover current events. They last made contact with colleagues from the northern town of Idlib on 10 March 2012 and told them they were covering a demonstration. Their fate and whereabouts since then are unclear.
Syrian news reports have mentioned that both men are in the custody of the Syrian security forces; however, the Syrian authorities have not released any official information about the men.

link story
http://www.amnesty.org/fr/library/asset/MDE24/031/2012/fr/a768606e-b4c1-45ae-9746-75f0517d172b/mde240312012en.pdf

LETTER

Object: Fears for Turkish journalists in Syria

Your Excellency,
I am writing to you as supporter of Amnesty International, the non governmental organization which since 1961 has been working in defense of human rights, wherever they are violated.
I call on you to immediately reveal the fate and whereabouts of Adem Özköse and Hamit Coşkun.
I demande that, if the two men are currently in the custody of the Syrian authorities, they should be released and allowed to return to Turkey immediately.
In the meantime, if held, they should be protected from all forms of torture and other ill-treatment
Thank you for your attention.
(your name)

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 8 MAY 2012 TO:

Address:

Salutation: Your Excellency
President
Bashar al-Assad
Presidential Palace, al-Rashid Street
Damascus,
Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: +963 11 332 3410 (keep trying)

Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of Interior
His Excellency Major General Mohamad Ibrahim al-Shaar, Ministry of Interior, ‘Abd al-Rahman Shahbandar Street
Damascus,
Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: +963 11 211 9578 (keep trying)

Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Walid al-Mu’allim
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
al-Rashid Street
Damascus,
Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: +963 11 214 6253 (keep trying)

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
SIRIA (Repubblica araba siriana)
Piazza dell'Ara Coeli, 1 - 00186 Roma
Tel. 066749801 066749802 066749803 - Fax 066794989
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