US welcomes release of Syrian activist Mazen Darwish

One of the most prominent human rights activists in Syria, Mazen Darwish, has been freed

US welcomes release of Syrian activist Mazen Darwish

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S. on Monday welcomed the release of a prominent Syrian human rights activist.  

Mazen Darwish was released ahead of a scheduled Aug. 30 verdict in his trial and still faces detention for his work, according to State Department spokesman John Kirby, who said the U.S. urged the Syrian government to drop all charges against the activist.  

"The United States strongly condemns the imprisonment by the regime of tens of thousands of Syrians without fair trials, including women, children, doctors, humanitarian aid providers, human rights defenders, journalists, and others who it routinely subjects to torture, sexual violence, and inhumane conditions," he said. 

"We continue to demand their immediate release."

Darwish was captured Feb. 16, 2012, in the Syrian capital of Damascus for "supporting terror activities" and attempting to get the international organization to condemn the government.

At the time of his capture, he headed the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression – an organization he founded to promote freedom of opinion and expression. 

Darwish received several international awards while in prison, including the Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2015. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Ağustos 2015, 09:06