Zaitouneh and her three colleagues – Samira Khalil, Nazem Hamadi and Wa’el Hamada – were abducted on 9 December 2013 from the Violations Documentation Centre in Douma, a Damascus suburb controlled by rebel forces at the time. Since then, no information has emerged about their fate.
The joint letter calls on the UN, all international and regional actors involved in Syria and all parties to the Syrian conflict to actively facilitate an investigation into what happened to these four human rights defenders.
Zaitouneh’s family has created a website where her most important articles can be read.
The joint letter by the 15 NGOs can be read here.