Syria

As 2012 winds down, it is time again to reflect on the year’s human rights developments. Unfortunately, the bad seemed to outweigh the good this year, as many authoritarians held on to power and continued upheaval in the Middle East threatened to derail any democratic progress.

Freedom House welcomes the release Monday of well-known Syrian lawyer and human rights activist Haitham Maleh from prison and joins him in calling on the Syrian government to release all remaining political prisoners and bring to an end the 48-year emergency law.

Freedom House denounces the arrest of Syrian human rights lawyer Muhannad Al-Hasani and calls for his immediate release without harm.

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