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2 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I May 2009
Damned in Damascus
the Passion
Maryam Kallis
British citizen, Maryam Kallis, and for her release, but as of yet have of intervention that is required in
her three children had been living not provided an explanation for her such cases – especially in countries
with her sister in Damascus in Syria detention despite gaining access to where the torture of western
where she was studying the Arabic her two weeks after her arrest. nationals is well documented
language. Her husband is currently The FCO now claim that it could be Write to the Foreign Office (King
living with her other child and was weeks before they are able to gain Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH),
making arrangements for the family another visit. reminding them that a person’s
to move back to the UK. Maryam Kallis remains in Syrian humanity and corresponding
On 15th March 2009, Maryam custody without any charge and is treatment does not change if they
Kallis was detained by the Syrian being kept in a secret location. aren’t a British citizen.
authorities and taken into custody. Kallis and another British citizen Write to the Syrian Embassy
Since then she has been held, remain in a Syrian prison to this day. in London (Syrian Embassy, 8
away from her children without The FCO claims – as minister Bill Belgrave Square, London, SW1X
having been given access to any Rammell has done here – that it is 8PH), reminding them of the case
legal representation or even being doing everything in its power to help and the injustice of detaining
charged with a crime. her situation. However, the providing individuals without charge and other
The UK Foreign & Commonwealth of comfort items such as biscuits inhumane treatment, by emailing us
Office (FCO) claim to be working does not go anywhere near the level at
Write to: Editor, Passion Islam, PO Box 159, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 1AD
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