Prominent Syrian activist on 2014 conflict and Islamic State
Mohammad al Abdallah is the executive director of the Syria Justice & Accountability Center in Washington DC. He was involved in the Syrian revolution from the early weeks and became one of the revolution's famous media faces outside of Syria. In 2012, he testified at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva about the human rights situation in Syria. Mohammad is a former political prisoner who was imprisoned in Syria on two different occasions for his work defending human rights and lobbying for political reform. He fled to Lebanon in 2007, and moved to the United States in 2009 after he was granted political asylum. Here, Mohammad discusses Islamic State, the 2014 conflict in Syria and international involvement in it, and what needs to happen for it to be resolved.