Nizar Nayouf was sentenced to ten years in prison in early 1992 for membership of the banned Committee for the Defence of Democratic Freedoms and Human Rights (which he co-founded) and for being involved in the production and distribution of a leaflet calling for human rights reforms in Syria. Nizar is also a poet and one of his three volumes, A PIPE FOR SMOKING DREAMS, is overtly political in content.
Nizar was released from prison on the night of 6-7 May 2001, after nine years in detention. His release, granted by President Bashar-al-Assad, coincided with the Pope’s visit to Syria. He was initially held under house arrest, but after international pressure, he was allowed to come to France for medical treatment in July 2001. He successfully sought political asylum and was granted it in 2002.
Nizar Nayouf and Moris Farhi
Nizar Nayouf and Lucy Popescu
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