The execution of the activist and programmer, Bassel Khartabil

The execution of the activist and programmer, Bassel Khartabil

Attorney Noura Ghazi Safadi confirmed the death of her husband. The Syrian Palestinian activist and programmer, Bassel Khartabil. He has been held in Syrian government prisons for more than five years. She had recently been informed of his execution Adra prison at the end of 2015.

Bassel Khartabil is a Syrian-Palestinian computer engineer specializing in software development. He began his career ten years ago and took advantage of his technical expertise to help promote freedom of expression and access to information. He was selected by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the top 100 global thinkers of 2012. Bassel was arrested in March 2012 and subjected to systematic torture at military intelligence branches. He was then brought before a military field court at the end of 2012 and later sentenced to death. Bassel remained in contact with his family and family until October 2015. Then no news of him until his wife was recently been informed of his execution by the end of 2015.

The Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC) condemns the Syrian government’s execution of Bassel and expresses his deepest solidarity with his family and friends. Bassel Khrathbail was illegally detained and brought before a court that does not meet any conditions of justice. He was subjected to the worst treatment and daily torture, as well as the thousands of detainees who have been subjected to these violations daily and continuously for six years and whose fate is unknown.

The Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC) emphasizes that the case of Bassel Khrathbil and tens of thousands of similar cases must be an essential part of the course of justice and accountability. And that they cannot be ignored in any way in the search for a solution to the conflict in Syria. The Center reiterates the need for direct pressure on the Syrian Government to allow independent international organizations representatives to visit prisons, detention centers, and trials.