(No. 212 - July 6, 2010 - 10:30 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement regarding the Damascus military court’s July 4 sentencing of Syrian lawyer and human rights activist Haytham al-Maleh to three years in prison for “spreading false or exaggerated news that could weaken the morale of the Syrian nation,” under the Syrian Penal Code:
“Canada deeply regrets Syria’s imprisonment of Mr. al-Maleh for practising his right to peaceful and free expression. The sentence is particularly harsh in light of Mr. al-Maleh’s age and frail health.
“Canada urges Syria to immediately release Mr. al-Maleh on humanitarian grounds.”
For more information, please consult Canada Concerned Over Syria’s Sentencing of Human Rights Lawyer Muhannad al-Hassani.
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