Official Statements

Washington Condemns ``the Killing of Syrian Human Rights Activist Ghiyath Mattar``

Monday, September 12, 2011

Washington- (PanOrient News) The United States condemns "in the strongest possible terms the killing of Syrian human rights activist Ghiyath Mattar while in the custody of Syrian Security Forces," a statement issued by the U.S. State Department said.

We offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends as they mourn their loss, said the statement.

Ghiyath, along with leading activist Yahya Sharbaji and a number of other human rights activists committed to non-violent resistance, was detained on September 6. Ghiyath Mattar's courage in the face of the Asad regime's brutal repression is well known in his home of Daraya and across Syria. His brave commitment to confronting the regime's despicable violence with peaceful protest serves as an example for the Syrian people and for all those who suffer under the yoke of oppression, according to the statement.

"We stand with the Syrian people in their resistance to tyranny. We call on the Asad regime to immediately cease all violence against the Syrian people and release all political prisoners. We again call on Asad to step aside and allow the Syrian people to embark upon the democratic transformation they demand."

Photo: Human rights activist Ghiyath Mattar holding the Syrian flag.

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