RIP Bassel

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Bassel Safadi (Khartabil) was a technology innovator who was arbitrarily detained in Syria in March 2012. In October 2015, he was moved from his cell in Adra Central Prison to an unknown location and was not heard from since. In 2017, we received tragic news that he had been unjustly executed by Syrian authorities.

This site is a framework that uses the public archive of Bassel’s tweets to bring his voice back into contemporary conversation. By reading, quoting, and sharing his words from the past, we can make him more present today, and work toward a future in which he is remembered and honored, and sites like this are no longer necessary.

March 15th 2016 marked four years of Bassel’s unjust imprisonment. Learn about the campaign to remember him and his work.

Share and comment on his tweets. Sign the petition demanding his release. Read his wife’s poetry, which he translated from his prison cell. Tell your friends about him. Tell the UN Secretary General about him.

March 19th 2016 was a global day of solidarity, with events taking place in major cities around the world to bring awareness to Bassel’s case and amplify the call for his release. See the list below to find an event in your city. If you don’t see your city listed and want to organize in event, get in touch.

March 19th Events: