Maher Ahmed Ibrahim
Maher Ahmed Ibrahim
Maher Ahmed Ibrahim

HE Mr Michel Sulayman

President

Baabda Palace

Baabda, Mount Lebanon

Lebanon

Fax: + 961 5 900919 / + 961 5 900001

Email:[email protected]

Your Excellency,

I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human rights defender and Freelance journalist.

I would like to draw your attention to the following case.

On 15 June 2015, Syrian human rights defender Mr Maher Ahmed Ibrahim, was detained by the Lebanese Army Intelligence in Beirut.

Maher Ahmed Ibrahim is a Syrian human rights defender who moved to Lebanon in 2013 after being seriously threatened by the Syrian regime. He is the executive director and a founder of the Development Interaction Network (DIN), which was established by a group of young Syrian activists to assist Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and document human rights crimes committed by the Syrian regime and other warring parties.

Maher Ahmed Ibrahim was detained on 15 June 2015 following his presentation at the office of the Army Intelligence in Beirut at around 08.00 am on the morning of the same day. He was appearing in response to a written summons he had received on 13 June 2015, for questioning over ‘some security matters’. The human rights defender was held incommunicado from the time of his detention until the morning of 18 June 2015, when he was allowed to communicate with his family. No charges have been presented against him, and he remains without access to a lawyer.

In December 2014, a unit from the Army Intelligence raided the premises of the DIN in Beirut and interrogated Maher Ahmed Ibrahim, along with other staff members. The human rights defender was repeatedly warned by officers affiliated with the Army Intelligence that he would be deported back to Syria if he continued his activities on the situation in Syria from within Lebanon.

I am deeply concerned by the incommunicado detention of Maher Ahmed Ibrahim, and for his physical integrity, in particular given the possibility of his deportation to Syria by the Lebanese authorities. I urge the Lebanese authorities to immediately release Maher Ahmed Ibrahim and take immediate measures to guarantee the security of Syrian human rights defenders in Lebanon.

I urge the authorities in Lebanon to:

1. Immediately and unconditionally release Maher Ahmed Ibrahim, as Front Line Defenders believes that he is being held solely as a result of his legitimate and peaceful work in the defence of human rights;

2. Take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity and security of Maher Ahmed Ibrahim;

3. Allow Maher Ahmed Ibrahim unfettered access to a lawyer of his choosing;

4. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Lebanon are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions.

Sincerely,

William Nicholas Gomes

Human Rights Defender & ?Freelance Journalist

Twitter @wnicholasgomes

Email: [email protected]

www.facebook.com/williamnicholasgomes

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