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Syrian activist allegedly harassed in Geneva

A Syrian activist has reported being the subject of intimidation in Geneva while preparing a file on his homeland for the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The man told police that his car was broken into and a laptop stolen with a 45-page dossier as well as three DVDs on the situation in Syria.

He claimed the car’s exhaust pipe was blocked with paper and putty, causing an explosion when the engine started. Earlier he had also reported to police receiving anonymous phone calls and strange visits to his home.

Amnesty International on Tuesday spoke of a harassment campaign being waged by Syrian authorities against activists abroad. The non-governmental human rights organisation said activists were photographed when demonstrating outside Syrian embassies and in some cases their families in Syria were threatened. 

Le Monde newspaper recently reported other incidents in France against activists.

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