Where is Bassel?

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Bassel Safadi (Khartabil) is a technology innovator who has been arbitrarily detained in Syria since March 2012. In October 2015, he was moved from his cell in Adra Central Prison to an unknown location and has not been heard from since.

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 free and this site is no longer necessary.


March 15th 2016 marks four years of Bassel’s unjust imprisonment. Join the online campaign to mark this day and amplify the call for his release.

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 is 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: