Syrian Minorities Arrested
|March 12, 2012|
Michel Shammas posted a picture of his daughter on his Facebook account with the caption: “On International Women’s Day, they arrested my dear daughter, Yara.”
Mazen Darwish, the Director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, has been imprisoned since February 16, 2012. Darwish is a member of the Alawite minority and one of the country’s most prominent human rights defenders.
Members of minority groups have reported experiencing brutal treatment while in custody, a tactic the regime uses to suppress the voices the opposition, as well as sustain the perception that the current struggle is between a secular regime and an Islamic insurgency.