Bassel Khartabil, Beloved Technology Innovator, Arrested March 15, 2012. Executed October 2015. Death Confirmed August 2017.

Statement on the Death of Bassel Khartabil

Date: 03 August 2017

Filed under: statements

Bassel Safadi

Global - August 03, 2017

The following is a statement from the #FREEBASSEL campaign regarding the death of Bassel Khartabil, an award-winning Palestinian Syrian open-source software developer. He was 34.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Bassel Khartabil was executed by the Syrian government some time after his disappearance in October 2015 in Damascus, Syria.

“Bassel Khartabil, also known as Bassel Safadi, was born in Damascus, Syria on May 22, 1981. He grew up to pursue an education and career in computer engineering. He was the co-founder of the collaborative research company Aiki Lab, and the CTO of the publisher Al-Aous. He served as the first project lead and public affiliate for Creative Commons Syria, and contributed to numerous Internet projects, such as Mozilla Firefox and Wikipedia.

“On March 15, 2012, Bassel Khartabil was arrested in the Mazzeh district of Damascus. For more than three years he was detained by the Syrian government at Adra Prison in Damascus. On October 3, 2015, Bassel was removed from his prison cell, and was sentenced to death by a Military Tribunal. We know now for a fact that Bassel Khartabil was executed by the Syrian government some time in October 2015, and we are demanding to know the exact date he was tried and then executed. No information at all was provided to his family until July 2017. The details of his sentencing and execution, and the whereabouts of his remains, are unknown at this time.

“Bassel Khartabil is survived by his wife, Noura Ghazi Safadi, as well as his mother and father.

“For those who wish to support Bassel’s cause, his family has asked Creative Commons to establish a fund to support projects in the spirit of his work. We ask that any donations or other support be directed to the Bassel Khartabil Memorial Fund hosted by Creative Commons at https://creativecommons.org/bassel.”

The #FREEBASSEL campaign was founded in June 2012 in support of Bassel Khartabil. Additional information is available at http://freebassel.org/.