Palestinian-Syrian Free Speech Activist ‘Executed’

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The Syrian government reportedly executed free speech activist Bassel Khartabil.

The Palestinian-Syrian activist had won awards for advocating increased access to information via the internet, among other causes.

He was first detained in March 2012 and later sent to Adra Prison in Damascus.

In 2015, authorities transferred him to an undisclosed location where his family could no longer communicate with him.

On Aug. 1, his wife, Noura Ghazi Safadi, said she had received confirmation Khartabil was dead. She said he was executed days after being transferred from Adra Prison in 2015.

According to the BBC, Safadi said Syrian government insiders told her of Khartabil’s death.

Amnesty International’s senior director of research Anna Neistat said the abuse and extrajudicial executions in Syrian detention facilities “undoubtedly amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.”

Safadi said, “This is a loss for Syria. This is loss for Palestine. This is my loss.”