Syria arrests communist activist Raghda Al-hassan

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has learned that the Syrian apparatus (al-Mukhabarat al-’Askariyya)  has arrested Syrian activist and former political prisoner Raghda Hassan last Wednesday February 10  as she was heading  to Lebanon.

Later On the same day, forces raided Hassan’s family home in the northwestern city of Tartus and “confiscated her laptop and the manuscript of a book relating to her time in prison,” the group said.

Hassan, 37, is married to a Palestinian and a mother of two. She was imprisoned for two years from 1993 on charges of membership in the outlawed Communist Labour Party.

Around 2,500 party members, including 125 women, have been arrested by the authorities during the past few decades.

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