A year has elapsed since the Syrian intelligence apparatus arrested the youth Tal al-Maluhi (Homs, 1991) on 27/12/2009.
Few details have been leaked as to why she was arrested, and she disappeared for many long months in prison before rumours spread that she had died under vague and ill circumstances. Desperate, her family sent emotional and sympathetic pleas to the president and his wife without receiving any response.
Her family was finally given permission for a single visit in Doma Prison for Women. Reports circulated that she was transferred to the Supreme State Security Court (SSSC), and accused of communicating with a foreign state due to her signing of a public letter which urged President Obama to take just stances towards Arab causes, and because she attended a reception at the American embassy in Cairo alongside Syrian diplomats in Egypt on the occasion of American Independence Day. She was indeed interrogated at the SSSC in late November, and is awaiting what is to come from a dark and vague future.
The Syrian Human Rights Committee (SHRC) believes that the youth Tal al-Maluhi is an intelligent and creative citizen who loves her country. She expressed this love in her blog and in her brave positions and stances. If anything she should be encouraged and honoured, not cast into prison and demoralised. SHRC considers her arrest and detention a big error and an unjustified punishment for an innocent individual. SHRC calls for her immediate release and that she be given the opportunity to draw out her promising future.
Syrian Human Rights Committee