Documenting the abduction or Razan Zaitouneh and her fellows

I’ll try to document all news and statements related to the abduction of Razan Zaitouneh, Wael Hamadeh, Samira Khalil and Nazem Hamadeh.

Please help me by sharing any related news or statements in the comments. (For Arabic please click here)

رزان زيتونة



Monday, December 09th 2013

On Monday, December 09th 2013 at 10pm, masked and armed men stormed the office of “Violations Documentaions Centre in Syria” in Douma and kidnapped the prominent activist and human rights lawyer Razan Zaitouneh, her husband, Wael Hamadeh; Samira Khalil, the wife of Yassin al-Haj Saleh, and Nazem Hamadeh, who was running relief activities in the Damascus suburbs.

Tuesday, December 10th 2013

Many activists on Facebook and other social networks accused the Army of Islam (Jaysh al-Islam). Douma (where Razan Zaitouneh got kidnapped) is under the Army of Islam control and its commander Zahran Alloush

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Many international newspapers write about the abduction of Razan Zaitouneh and her colleagues

Mohammad Alloush (from the Army of Islam) issues a statement saying that his groups knows nothing about the abductors

Thursday, December 12th, 2013



Call on Human Rights Defenders around the World: Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC) 

A statement by the Violation Documentation Center (VDC) and the Local Development and Small Projects Support Office (LDSPS)


Statement fro Free Syria Foundation 

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Statement from the Local Coordinations Committees (LLC)

Friday, December 13th, 2013

News Links

She Documented Syria’s Chemical Atrocities. And Now She’s Been Kidnapped: Foreign Policy

Rights Lawyer Among 4 Abducted in Syria; 2 Journalists Are Also Being Held

Financial Times: Syrian opposition activist Razan Zaitouneh kidnapped at gunpoint

Time: “She Was My Mandela”—Famous Syrian Activist Gets Abducted

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Non-Violent Activist Razan Zaitouneh Kidnapped in Syria: Global Voices Advocacy 


About Ibrahim al-Assil إبـراهـيـم الأصـيـل

Ibrahim al-Assil is a Syrian political analyst and civil society activist who serves as a resident fellow at the Middle East Institute. He is also a director at the Orient Research Center-DC Office. His work focuses on the Syrian conflict with an emphasis on different aspects of security, civil society, political Islam, and political economy. Al-Assil is the president and a co-founder of the Syrian Nonviolence Movement, an NGO formed in 2011 to promote peaceful struggle and civil resistance as a way to achieve social, cultural, and political change in Syrian government and View all posts by Ibrahim al-Assil إبـراهـيـم الأصـيـل

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