Syrian Activist Ghayath Mattar Killed In Detention – Show Your Solidarity

Eight ambassadors to Syria took a dramatic step this week in condemning the Syrian crackdown by attending a vigil for a well-known Syrian activist. The activist, Ghayath Mattar, was reportedly killed under torture by security forces last week in Daraya, and his death was honored by hundreds of Syrians and the ambassadors from the US, Great Britain, Japan, and other EU countries.

The coordinated attendance of so many foreign leaders was an unprecedented and powerful statement of solidarity with the Syrian people that follows the deaths of an estimated 2,600 Syrians to date and confirmed reports of at least 95 deaths in detention.

The spiraling total of detainee deaths, together with the Syrian authorities’ failure to conduct any independent investigations, points to a pattern of systematic, government-sanctioned abuse in which every detainee must be considered at serious risk.

Show your solidarity

After more than six months of protests and government repression in Syria, global activism calling for an end to the human rights abuses of the Assad regime has not faded. In fact, activists from around the world have grown increasingly vocal and visible.

We are tracking this activism and are spreading the messages of solidarity through our new website Eyes on Syria. The site uses an interactive map to document individual cases of Syrians who died in detention, as well as activists from Croatia to California who have sent in pictures of their actions of solidarity (big thank you to our friends from Blueraster for their help with implementing this project).

One great example comes from a group of youth activists from Albany high school in California who took the initiative to hold an event to demonstrate their support for Syrians. Their event not only spread the word about the escalating situation in Syria to their community, but they generated almost a hundred pictures of activists with powerful messages of solidarity. You can see more pictures at the activism layer of Eyes on Syria.

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Young activists show solidarity with peaceful protesters in Syria. Albany, California, September 2011. (c) Private. Visit www.eyesonsyria.org to see activism pictures from around the world.

You can join these activists by

  • taking a picture of yourself with a message of solidarity for Syrian peaceful protestors and sending it to crisis@aiusa.org. Please include your location and brief description in order to appear on the Eyes on Syria activism map.
  • acting on some of the ten Urgent Actions for Syria currently posted on Eyes on Syria to help Syrians at risk. The individuals at risk include friends of activist Ghayath Mattar. Your letters can protect them.

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22 thoughts on “Syrian Activist Ghayath Mattar Killed In Detention – Show Your Solidarity

  1. Thank you all for your comments. @Munzer Sarakbi: We are carefully documenting information on all people killed during the uprising to build a powerful case to hold the perpetrators accountable. We have already published detailed information on 88 other cases of individuals who were killed while in detention and published them on http://www.eyesonsyria.org
    We'll update the new website over the next weeks with more cases.

    Thank you all for your support
    christoph

  2. His death is a grave loss for us, but there are many people who have been killed before, and there are many more deaths yet to come. The revolution is still there, and it will lives on until the ouster of the Syrian dictator and his criminals.

  3. Thank you all for your comments. @Munzer Sarakbi: We are carefully documenting information on all people killed during the uprising to build a powerful case to hold the perpetrators accountable. We have already published detailed information on 88 other cases of individuals who were killed while in detention and published them on http://www.eyesonsyria.org
    We'll update the new website over the next weeks with more cases.

    Thank you all for your support
    christoph

  4. Thank you all for your comments. @Munzer Sarakbi: We are carefully documenting information on all people killed during the uprising to build a powerful case to hold the perpetrators accountable. We have already published detailed information on 88 other cases of individuals who were killed while in detention and published them on http://www.eyesonsyria.org
    We'll update the new website over the next weeks with more cases.

    Thank you all for your support
    christoph

  5. Thanks a lot for showing the world the truth about some of the killing and torture happening everyday in Syria by the Assad militia and thugs! God bless everyone of you who is donating time and effort to support the human rights and the Syrian people in their struggle for freedom and dignity. We will stay together and united until we get our freedom. Ghayath and everyother martyr will stay in our hearts and memory for ever.

  6. His death is a grave loss for us, but there are many people who have been killed before, and there are many more deaths yet to come. The revolution is still there, and it will lives on until the ouster of the Syrian dictator and his criminals.

  7. Thank you all for your comments. @Munzer Sarakbi: We are carefully documenting information on all people killed during the uprising to build a powerful case to hold the perpetrators accountable. We have already published detailed information on 88 other cases of individuals who were killed while in detention and published them on http://www.eyesonsyria.org
    We’ll update the new website over the next weeks with more cases.

    Thank you all for your support
    christoph

  8. Thanks a lot for showing the world the truth about some of the killing and torture happening everyday in Syria by the Assad militia and thugs! God bless everyone of you who is donating time and effort to support the human rights and the Syrian people in their struggle for freedom and dignity. We will stay together and united until we get our freedom. Ghayath and everyother martyr will stay in our hearts and memory for ever.

  9. http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/20

    LONDON — Iran has provided sniper units to kill Syrian protesters targeted by the regime of President Bashar Assad.

    Syrian opposition sources said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has sent scores of snipers to help in Assad's crackdown of the revolt. They said the snipers were ordered to target protest organizers as well as those filming the demonstrations.

    "Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has supplied sharpshooters who accompany Syrian security forces to all demonstrations and shoot the key people," an opposition source said.

    The sources said IRGC has been assigned to what they termed the "dirty work" in quelling the revolt against Assad. They said IRGC, aided by Hizbullah, was also participating in the identification and capture of rebels, including defecting soldiers.

    IRGC was said to have supplied artillery and main battle tank shells to maintain the Syrian Army's drive against the rebels. The sources said Iran also transported tools for the torture of detained protesters.

    "The Assad regime is receiving aid across its borders from its neighbors who owe allegiance to the Teheran regime," Syrian opposition spokesman Nasser Jaber said.

    Jaber, spokesman for the National Resistance of Al Ahwaz, said Iran, through IRGC fronts, was helping smuggle billions of dollars to the Assad regime. At the same time, he said, the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah was transporting weapons and fighters from Lebanon to Syria.

    "Iran and its followers believe that the collapse of the Assad regime will put the expanding Iranian project in the region at risk," Jaber said.

    The opposition has opened a dialogue with the Iranian regime to end support for Assad. Over the last month, leading Iranians, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have called on Assad to institute reform.

    "I do not think the Syrian regime would have been able to survive militarily and economically over this long period without the aid of Teheran," opposition leader Bahiya Mardini, chairwoman of the Arab Committee for the Defense of Freedom of Expression, told the London-based daily A-Sharq Al Awsat.

    But opposition sources doubted whether the Iranian leadership would abandon Assad. They said Assad has ensured Iranian domination of Lebanon as well as significant influence in Syria.

    Iran also employed Syria as a base to control such proxies as Hamas, Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. The sources said Iran was believed to have deployed more than 4,000 fighters in Syria.

    A Syrian military defector agreed. Walid Qushamie, a Syrian who fled the army in July, said he had encountered Hizbullah fighters in a Republican Guard base in Damascus.

  10. http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/20

    LONDON — Iran has provided sniper units to kill Syrian protesters targeted by the regime of President Bashar Assad.

    Syrian opposition sources said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has sent scores of snipers to help in Assad's crackdown of the revolt. They said the snipers were ordered to target protest organizers as well as those filming the demonstrations.

    "Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has supplied sharpshooters who accompany Syrian security forces to all demonstrations and shoot the key people," an opposition source said.

    The sources said IRGC has been assigned to what they termed the "dirty work" in quelling the revolt against Assad. They said IRGC, aided by Hizbullah, was also participating in the identification and capture of rebels, including defecting soldiers.

    IRGC was said to have supplied artillery and main battle tank shells to maintain the Syrian Army's drive against the rebels. The sources said Iran also transported tools for the torture of detained protesters.

    "The Assad regime is receiving aid across its borders from its neighbors who owe allegiance to the Teheran regime," Syrian opposition spokesman Nasser Jaber said.

    Jaber, spokesman for the National Resistance of Al Ahwaz, said Iran, through IRGC fronts, was helping smuggle billions of dollars to the Assad regime. At the same time, he said, the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah was transporting weapons and fighters from Lebanon to Syria.

    "Iran and its followers believe that the collapse of the Assad regime will put the expanding Iranian project in the region at risk," Jaber said.

    The opposition has opened a dialogue with the Iranian regime to end support for Assad. Over the last month, leading Iranians, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have called on Assad to institute reform.

    "I do not think the Syrian regime would have been able to survive militarily and economically over this long period without the aid of Teheran," opposition leader Bahiya Mardini, chairwoman of the Arab Committee for the Defense of Freedom of Expression, told the London-based daily A-Sharq Al Awsat.

    But opposition sources doubted whether the Iranian leadership would abandon Assad. They said Assad has ensured Iranian domination of Lebanon as well as significant influence in Syria.

    Iran also employed Syria as a base to control such proxies as Hamas, Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. The sources said Iran was believed to have deployed more than 4,000 fighters in Syria.

    A Syrian military defector agreed. Walid Qushamie, a Syrian who fled the army in July, said he had encountered Hizbullah fighters in a Republican Guard base in Damascus.

  11. http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/20

    LONDON — Iran has provided sniper units to kill Syrian protesters targeted by the regime of President Bashar Assad.

    Syrian opposition sources said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has sent scores of snipers to help in Assad's crackdown of the revolt. They said the snipers were ordered to target protest organizers as well as those filming the demonstrations.

    "Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has supplied sharpshooters who accompany Syrian security forces to all demonstrations and shoot the key people," an opposition source said.

    The sources said IRGC has been assigned to what they termed the "dirty work" in quelling the revolt against Assad. They said IRGC, aided by Hizbullah, was also participating in the identification and capture of rebels, including defecting soldiers.

    IRGC was said to have supplied artillery and main battle tank shells to maintain the Syrian Army's drive against the rebels. The sources said Iran also transported tools for the torture of detained protesters.

    "The Assad regime is receiving aid across its borders from its neighbors who owe allegiance to the Teheran regime," Syrian opposition spokesman Nasser Jaber said.

    Jaber, spokesman for the National Resistance of Al Ahwaz, said Iran, through IRGC fronts, was helping smuggle billions of dollars to the Assad regime. At the same time, he said, the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah was transporting weapons and fighters from Lebanon to Syria.

    "Iran and its followers believe that the collapse of the Assad regime will put the expanding Iranian project in the region at risk," Jaber said.

    The opposition has opened a dialogue with the Iranian regime to end support for Assad. Over the last month, leading Iranians, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have called on Assad to institute reform.

    "I do not think the Syrian regime would have been able to survive militarily and economically over this long period without the aid of Teheran," opposition leader Bahiya Mardini, chairwoman of the Arab Committee for the Defense of Freedom of Expression, told the London-based daily A-Sharq Al Awsat.

    But opposition sources doubted whether the Iranian leadership would abandon Assad. They said Assad has ensured Iranian domination of Lebanon as well as significant influence in Syria.

    Iran also employed Syria as a base to control such proxies as Hamas, Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. The sources said Iran was believed to have deployed more than 4,000 fighters in Syria.

    A Syrian military defector agreed. Walid Qushamie, a Syrian who fled the army in July, said he had encountered Hizbullah fighters in a Republican Guard base in Damascus.

  12. http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2011/me_iran1162_09_16.asp

    LONDON — Iran has provided sniper units to kill Syrian protesters targeted by the regime of President Bashar Assad.

    Syrian opposition sources said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has sent scores of snipers to help in Assad’s crackdown of the revolt. They said the snipers were ordered to target protest organizers as well as those filming the demonstrations.

    “Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has supplied sharpshooters who accompany Syrian security forces to all demonstrations and shoot the key people,” an opposition source said.

    The sources said IRGC has been assigned to what they termed the “dirty work” in quelling the revolt against Assad. They said IRGC, aided by Hizbullah, was also participating in the identification and capture of rebels, including defecting soldiers.

    IRGC was said to have supplied artillery and main battle tank shells to maintain the Syrian Army’s drive against the rebels. The sources said Iran also transported tools for the torture of detained protesters.

    “The Assad regime is receiving aid across its borders from its neighbors who owe allegiance to the Teheran regime,” Syrian opposition spokesman Nasser Jaber said.

    Jaber, spokesman for the National Resistance of Al Ahwaz, said Iran, through IRGC fronts, was helping smuggle billions of dollars to the Assad regime. At the same time, he said, the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah was transporting weapons and fighters from Lebanon to Syria.

    “Iran and its followers believe that the collapse of the Assad regime will put the expanding Iranian project in the region at risk,” Jaber said.

    The opposition has opened a dialogue with the Iranian regime to end support for Assad. Over the last month, leading Iranians, including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have called on Assad to institute reform.

    “I do not think the Syrian regime would have been able to survive militarily and economically over this long period without the aid of Teheran,” opposition leader Bahiya Mardini, chairwoman of the Arab Committee for the Defense of Freedom of Expression, told the London-based daily A-Sharq Al Awsat.

    But opposition sources doubted whether the Iranian leadership would abandon Assad. They said Assad has ensured Iranian domination of Lebanon as well as significant influence in Syria.

    Iran also employed Syria as a base to control such proxies as Hamas, Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. The sources said Iran was believed to have deployed more than 4,000 fighters in Syria.

    A Syrian military defector agreed. Walid Qushamie, a Syrian who fled the army in July, said he had encountered Hizbullah fighters in a Republican Guard base in Damascus.

  13. Irony of ironies, all is irony !!!

    The Arab Spring's GLOBAL enemies work against its LOCAL enemies….. to win REGIONALLY !!

    While Syrians fight NATIONAL tyrants, Israel's mouthpiece, Judonimh, coopts the Syria issue to ATTACK Israel's REGIONAL targets — Iran, Hezbollah, & the Palestinian government & resistance ( which Judonimh calls Iran's "proxies" — a convenient name for Israel to use in Palestine !! ).

    Because Israel is STILL set on new WARS against Iran, Lebanon, Palestine… & so needs to destabilize Syria.

    Israel's old strategy — SET Sunni AGAINST Shia.

    This strategy backfired in Iraq ….. by EMPOWERING Shiite Iran & Shiite Iraq !

    What new Enemy will Israelamerica foster today ???

    For make no mistake … destabilization will ONLY raise NEW ENEMIES against USRAEL !!

    But Israel's only solution to any problem is …. WIDEN the conflict.

    A cancer knows no way but to eat around itself.

  14. Irony of ironies, all is irony !!!

    The Arab Spring’s GLOBAL enemies work against its LOCAL enemies….. to win REGIONALLY !!

    While Syrians fight NATIONAL tyrants, Israel’s mouthpiece, Judonimh, coopts the Syria issue to ATTACK Israel’s REGIONAL targets — Iran, Hezbollah, & the Palestinian government & resistance ( which Judonimh calls Iran’s “proxies” — a convenient name for Israel to use in Palestine !! ).

    Because Israel is STILL set on new WARS against Iran, Lebanon, Palestine… & so needs to destabilize Syria.

    Israel’s old strategy — SET Sunni AGAINST Shia.

    This strategy backfired in Iraq ….. by EMPOWERING Shiite Iran & Shiite Iraq !

    What new Enemy will Israelamerica foster today ???

    For make no mistake … destabilization will ONLY raise NEW ENEMIES against USRAEL !!

    But Israel’s only solution to any problem is …. WIDEN the conflict.

    A cancer knows no way but to eat around itself.

  15. We regret that the Syrian government behave like this murder, intimidation, and freedoms is an illegitimate government when it acts so we have to stand in solidarity with the Syrian people to lift this injustice to the international community

  16. We regret that the Syrian government behave like this murder, intimidation, and freedoms is an illegitimate government when it acts so we have to stand in solidarity with the Syrian people to lift this injustice to the international community