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Syrian human rights head arrested: lawyer

world Updated: Apr 24, 2011 07:16 IST

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The head of the committees for the defence of democracy, freedoms and human rights in Syria was arrested on Saturday at his home in the northwestern city of Banias, lawyer Khalil Maatouk.

"Security services arrested rights activist Daniel Saud today (Sunday) at his home in Banias and took him to an undisclosed location," Maatouk said.

The move came after President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday decreed an end to emergency rule, in force in Syria for nearly 50 years.

"This signifies that the security services are continuing to act" as they did before the emergency law was lifted, Maatouk said.