Syria: Cartoonist killed under torture

13 October 2015

After two years of silence, it has reportedly now been confirmed that the Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan died in 2013 under torture in a detention centre, only a few months after his arrest.

During two years, rumours have circulated about the death of the 35-year-old Syrian cartoonist. In September 2015, these rumours were allegedly confirmed by a former detainee, who told that Raslan died after his health deteriorated and he had been transferred to a hospital. Also, his family was reported to have obtained confirmation of Raslan’s death.

Akram Raslan drew more than 300 cartoons which were published in Arabic newspapers and websites. He was arrested in Hama in western Syria on 2 October 2012.

Ali Farzat, another Syrian cartoonist who exiled to Kuwait after having both hands broken by Syrian forces, paid tribute to Akram Raslan on Facebook. Fadi Abu Hassan, a Palestinian artist, depicted him as ‘one of the most courageous cartoonists in Syria’.

In 2013, Akram Raslan received a ‘Courage Award’ from the International Cartoonists Rights Network.

» – 22 September 2015:
Syrian Cartoonist Akram Raslan Reported Killed Under Torture in Assad Prisons

» – 23 September 2015:
Le caricaturiste syrien Akram Raslan est mort sous la torture en 2013

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