Razan Zaitouneh missing for four years
Today, 9 December 2017, marks four years since the disappearance of lawyer Razan Zaitouneh. Together with her husband and two colleagues, Razan Zaitouneh disappeared on 9 December 2013 in Douma, after a group of armed men stormed the office of the Violations Documentation Center. Since then, no one has heard from them.
Many organizations, Lawyers for Lawyers amongst them, repeatedly called for the release of Razan Zaitouneh and her colleagues.
As a prominent human rights lawyer, activist, and journalist, Razan Zaitouneh has dedicated her life to defending political prisoners, documenting crimes against humanity, and helping others free themselves from oppression. Since the beginning of the crisis in 2011, Razan Zaitouneh has played a key role in efforts to defend human rights for all and protect independent groups and activists in Syria. She is co-founder of the Local Coordination Committees in Syria and the Violations Documentation Center, which documents human rights violations in Syria.
Razan Zaitouneh was one of three finalists for the 2016 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. She was furthermore awarded with the 2011 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award of Reach All Women in War (RAW in WAR) for her human rights work.
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