The latest victim of arrest (Arabic. Elaph, 3/26/06) is Samir Nashar (Arabic. Ahrar Syria, 3/26/06), a member of the temporary committee of the Damascus Declaration, spokesman of the Syrian Free National Party (founded six months ago in Aleppo), and human rights and civil society activist. Nashar had participated in the conference of Syrian opposition groups in North America and Canada which took place in late January.
The arrest was widely condemned by Syrian opposition groups (The Liberal National Democratic Gathering, The Syrian Committee for Democratic Action, The Syrian Democratic Gathering - Canada, The Committees for the Revival of Civil Society in Syria. Arabic. Via Ahrar Syria.) and human rights organizations such as the Arab Human Rights Organization in Syria (Arabic. Via Ahrar Syria, 3/25/06).
In other news, human rights activist Najati Tayyara, who was kidnapped on the evening of the 22nd by security agents, was released (Arabic. An-Nahar, via "Free Syria," 3/25/06) was released 48 hours after his disappearance.
Meanwhile, the activist, intellectual and author Abdel Razzak Eid was prohibited (Arabic. Levant News, 3/25/06) from traveling to Doha, Qatar, to participate in a conference on "Democracy and Human Rights in the Arab World," organized by the Aspen Institute. Eid had returned to Syria on March 11 after participating in a conference in Paris (also organized by the Aspen Institute), which was attended by various opposition groups from inside and outside Syria. Activist Ammar Qurabi had attended the same conference in Paris and was arrested upon arrival back in Damascus on March 12. He was released on March 15.
Eid recently spoke (Arabic. Middle East Transparent, 3/21/06) about his experience being interrogated and detained by the Syrian security services.