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House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 11 May (WA 246), whether there is any further news of Ms Hassan; and whether they have received any further estimate of the number of human rights campaigners who have disappeared in Syria.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

PEN International reported on 8 June that the novelist Raghdah Sa'id Hassan was released on 2 June following a presidential amnesty of 31 May. We are seeking to verify the information, but welcome this news if the report is true.

I refer the noble Lord to my response of 12 May 2011 (Hansard, col. WA 246) with regard to the estimates for the number of human rights campaigners detained in Syria.

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