Mazen is the President of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (CMFE), a partner organization of Reporters Without Borders which was founded in 2004.
In April 2008, Darwish and a colleague were arrested after their reporting on riots in Adra, a town near Damascus. He was later imprisoned for ten days for “defaming and insulting the administrative bodies of the state.” Thirty-five international press freedom organizations co-signed a letter protesting the sentence, describing it as part of “an ongoing pattern of harassment and detention of journalists and activists.” Darwish has also been subject to travel bans to prevent him from leaving the country.
Amnesty International designated Darwish a prisoner of conscience, “detained solely on account of his peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression and association in relation to his work with the CMFE.” More than twenty international human rights organizations, including the Arab Network for Human Rights Information, Human Rights Watch, Index on Censorship, the International Press Institute, Reporters Without Borders, and the World Organisation Against Torture, co-signed a letter calling for Mr. Darwish’s immediate release. Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of EU, also condemned the arrest, calling on Syria to release Darwish immediately.
Toby Cadman participates in the debate “Libya peace talks – can they...Read Story
State Dept. Office of Global Criminal Justice on the Chopping Block–Time to...Read Story
New York Times: “Spain Court Drops Complaint Against Syrian Security...Read Story
Report: Voices from the Dark. Torture and Sexual Violence Against Women in Assad...Read Story
Interview: Toby Cadman analyses the war crimes case filed against Syrian...Read Story
CNN: “The torture survivors suing the Syrian regime”Read Story
Statement of Former US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Stephen Rapp on the...Read Story
Guernica37 files preliminary inquiry to investigate Mr. David Haigh’s...Read Story
Press Release: IBAHRI adopts Resolution on armed drone strikes amid major...Read Story
Estreno del documental “Eye of the Lammergeier” sobre el genocidio contra el...Read Story
The State of Qatar: Sovereign Nation or a Vassal StateRead Story
IONO fm: “UK activists demand end to Saudi Arabia, UAE arms sales”Read Story