We Did It! A Victory for VAWA
37-year-old businessman Yassin Ziadeh was arrested by members of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence on 30 August 2011 in Daraya, near the Syrian capital of Damascus. Yassin Ziadeh was released without charge and his family remains unclear about the reasons for both his arrest and release.
Somali national Boqor Osman Mohamoud was released on 5 January and has been reunited with his relatives.
On September 30, the Indian Supreme Court ordered that indigenous (adivasi) human rights activist Kopa Kunjam be released. Mr. Kunjam had been in jail since December of 2009 for his peaceful activism on behalf of adivasis affected by the conflict between Maoist insurgents and the state government of Chhattisgarh.