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Raed Fares

Raed Fares

HRD & Founder
Kafranbel Media Centre

Raed Fares was the founder of the Kafranbel Media Centre, an independent organisation that documents and organises protests in support of the respect of human rights, freedom and peace in Syria. The protests organised by the human rights defender and his colleagues in Kafranbel have gained widespread attention in recent years due to their creative banners and signs in English, which are designed to reach a wide audience. As an attendee at the Front Line Defenders Seventh Dublin Platform in October 2013, he stated that the people of Kafranbel will not condone neither the violence of the state regime, nor of the armed groups in Syria.


The situation for human rights defenders (HRDs) in Syria has rapidly deteriorated since the beginning of the government's violent crackdown against nation-wide peaceful protests in 2011. HRDs, who already faced significant difficulties in remaining active under a highly repressive regime, have since been at even higher risk of direct targeting and persecution, including arbitrary arrest and detention, malicious prosecution, death threats, restrictions on their freedom of movement, abduction, defamation, and other forms of harassment and intimidation.


Raed Fares, 2013 Dublin Platform