2011: Syria: Ali Abdullah

His Excellency President Bashar al-Assad
President of the Republic
Presidential Palace
Abu Rummaneh, Al-Rashid Street
Syrian Arab Republic

His Excellency General Ghazi Kan’an
Minister of Interior, Ministry of Interior
Merjeh Circle
Syrian Arab Republic

21st February 2011

Your excellencies,

The non-political association of writers, PEN International, is protesting the new charges against writer and journalist Ali Abdullah.

PEN International is calling for his immediate and unconditional release in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Syria is a signatory.

Furthermore, we are seeking assurances of his well-being in detention, and urging that he is allowed full access to his family and lawyer.

Thanking you in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Fredrik Giertsen
member Writers in Prison Committee
Norwegian PEN

Copy to:
Embassy of Syrian Arab Republic
P.O. Box 4
SE-182 11 Danderyd