Syria arrests two leading democracy activists


Security forces have arrested two opposition members of a national coordination committee for democratic change in Syria, human rights activists said on Thursday. “Security forces in Damascus on 27 July arrested two known Syrian opposition figures Adnan Wehbe and Nizar al-Samadi..,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement, adding their fate “remains unknown.” The Observatory condemned what it called the “continuing campaign of arrests” of opposition figures, peaceful demonstrators and human rights militants. “We call on the Syrian authorities immediately to liberate all those who are detained in Syrian prisons, in conformity with international pledges on human rights, signed and ratified by Syria,” the statement said. The Observatory said Webhe was one of the leaders of the Democratic Socialist Arab Union Party while Samadi was a well-known Islamic personality from Douma, an outer suburb of Damascus. The coordination committee, drawing together political parties and several opposition activists, was set up late in June as part of efforts to bring democratic change to Syria.