June 20, 2014 CRNI has been working ceaselessly to ascertain exactly the exact whereabouts of Mr. Raslan, and to gain information about his health and status. We’ve enlisted the support of the United Nations Human Rights Council, and its Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
The last official report on Mr. Raslan came via the the Syrian Permanent Mission to the UN in 2013, in response to a UN request for information relating to the cartoonist. At that time, the Syrian Mission confirmed Mr. Raslan’s arrest was for publishing cartoons ‘offending the state’s prestige’, and that he was still under investigation by the ‘relevant authority’. [full story]