Closed - Anas al-Shogre: Protestor missing in Syria
Update 1 January 2013: Write for Rights 2012 as now ended and this action has closed.
We still do not know the whereabouts of Anas al-Shogre, but we will keep fighting until the Syrian government reveals the truth of what has happened to him.
Many thanks to all of you who took action to put pressure on the authorities to reveal Anas's whereabouts, and the nearly 300 of you who sent a message of support to Anas and his family. Read the messages
Anas al-Shogre called for and organised early peaceful protests in the Syrian city Banias. He also reported to the media, including BBC Arabic, on human rights violations in the city.
Then, on the night of 14 May 2011, he was arrested. He has been held and denied communication with the outside world ever since. The Syrian authorities have never explained why he was arrested, or said where he is held.
We believe he could be a prisoner of conscience, detained for peacefully expressing his opinion. We are worried he has been tortured in detention.
Anas's family and local human rights activists believe he was arrested for his role in the Banias protests, and they are bravely demanding the authorities tell them of his whereabouts.