13 May 2011

Human rights campaigner under arrest

11:00 am on 13 May 2011

Security forces in Syria have reportedly arrested Naji Tayara, a veteran human rights campaigner, in the city of Homs.

Ms Tayara has been an outspoken critic of a military incursion into residential neighbourhoods to crush an uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad.

A former political prisoner, she played a key role in a movement demanding political freedoms, known as the 'Damascus Spring', that was crushed in 2001, a year after Mr Assad succeeded his late father as president.