Human Rights organisations operating inside Syria , which the Syrian Government refuses to license, were subject to immense pressure in an attempt to prevent them from carrying out their work. Members of ‘Committees for Defending Human Rights in Suriyya’, which is headed by the lawyer Aktham Na’isa, was subject to intense harassment and numerous security summons, particularly their active members in Hama province.
Activists in ‘Human Rights Society in Syria’ also came under intense pressure in the form of harassments and security force summons, as the Association’s president, the Lawyer Haitham Al-Maleh, was suspended from the Bar Syndicate for 3 months and summoned to appear before a Military Judge and was recently prevented from travelling outside Syria. The Association’s secretary, Razan Zaitouni came under considerable security harassment and was prevented from travelling outside the country, whilst other members were summoned before a Military Judge charged with printing and publishing the Society’s publication ‘Tayyarat’.
The Lawyer Anwar Al-Bunni was barred from working in any court for three years and was also dismissed from a Court hearing because he was attempting to defend his clients Arif Daleela and Mohammed Ma’moun Al-Humsi. Mr. Al-Bunni also received a number of serious warnings and threats from Syrian security sources.
Abdul Majeed Manjouna, also a Lawyer and a leading figure within the banned opposition party, The Socialist Union Party, also had his membership of the Aleppo chapter of the Lawyers’ Society rescinded, because he had defended the ‘Spring of Damascus’ suspects, and was recently prevented from travelling abroad after participating in a seminar held in Paris on the 40th anniversary of the imposition of the State of Emergency in Syria.
The family of Nazar Nayyouf, the Human Rights Activist, also suffered harassment and cordon by the security authorities and Party elements in the Syrian Coastal region. Mr. Nayyouf’s father and his three brothers were all sacked from their civil service jobs, and were asked to disown Mr. Nayyouf and his statements and to label him with obscene attributes. However, their commitment to family values and ethics made them victim to a series of punishment procedures at the hands of regional security authorities and Party elements.