Last night I learned that my mate from City University London, Amjad Baiazy, was arrested at Damascus International Airport on12th May while he was on his way back to UK where he has been living in on and off for the last couple of years. We can’t hear from him since then! He has always been such a great person and friend . So sad to hear the news 😦
According to this ‘Comment is Free’ article in the Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/may/26/syrians-indifferent-injustice):
Please read the information below and please spread the news to whereever you can.
“Amjad Baiazy, detained before boarding flight from Damascus to London; his friends seek international support to secure his release. Grave fears for his health.
Our friend Amjad Baiazy, Syrian citizen, aged 29, was arrested at Damascus International Airport on themorning of 12th May, 2011 before boarding his flight back to the United Kingdom, where he has lived andworked for many years.
No formal charges have been brought against him by the Syrian authorities. His arbitrary and unwarranted arrest without charge is against all international legal norms and violates hismost basic human rights.
Amjad was able to make a quick phone call before being detained, with only enough time to explain thatsecurity services were taking him to an unknown destination. The security services stated he would bedetained for three days only. Amjad has now been in detention for 15 days. No one has spoken to or heard from Amjad since he was detained, and no one has been permitted to visit him.
We are a group of Amjad’s friends, fellow students and colleagues andshare his belief in the universal values of equality, non-discrimination, justiceand dignity as the basis of all human relations. We are concerned thatAmjad may be subject to torture and are seeking urgent international support to secure his immediate release. Of particular concern is Amjad’shealth situation, which requires that he follow a strictly gluten-free diet; the failure to do so will cause his health to dramatically deteriorate. We haveserious doubts that his dietary needs are being respected during his detention.
We call on all people of conscience to work towards the releaseof our friend, Amjad. Amjad is a consultant and researcher, focusing mainly on interculturalunderstanding, gender relations and environmental protection. He hasundertaken research for a number of educational institutions across Europe.He worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in Syria. He is a member, and former volunteer, with the International Young Professionals Foundation. Heis committed to his work and constantly strives to build bridges of understanding between youth in Syria, the Middle East and Europe.
He moved to London in 2007, having received a Chevening scholarship toundertake graduate studies at City University. He received a Bachelor’sdegree in English Literature at Damascus University. He is known to be involved in the social and cultural life at the prestigious GoodenoughCollege in London, where he currently resides.
Amjad will be celebrating his birthday in a few days. He is one of the kindest and most peaceful people onearth. He is a loving friend and we wish for him to be back amongst us on this day.
A facebook groupand online petition have been established as a show of support for Amjad’s immediate release. Supporters have also been using #FreeAmjad and #AmjadBaiazy on twitter to raise awareness of his arrest.
If you can help, please email the Goodenough College Arab Cultural Society, represented by our friend Munir, firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact one of the regional media contacts.
As you will see when you visit the websites in support of Amjad, he has thousands of friends spread around the world – ordinary people he met while living and studying abroad.
Hundreds of them have already signed the petition in his support, and more will follow.
: Arabic and English
: Munir (email@example.com)
: Eleanor (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Nick (email@example.com);
German and Frenc: Luke (L77@gmx.net+44.7586297347 );
: Anteo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and please sign our petition on