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UN experts urge Syria to free detained activists

By The Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) ' U.N. human rights investigators have called on Syria to release a group of at least 16 activists who were arrested by authorities last week.

The four U.N. experts say human rights activist Mazen Darwish and others are at serious risk of torture in prison.

The U.N.'s free speech investigator Frank La Rue says those detained Feb. 16 in a raid on the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression in Damascus include bloggers and journalists.

Syrian activists have said U.S.-born blogger Razan Ghazzawi was among those detained.

The appeal Tuesday was also signed by the U.N.'s torture investigator Juan Mendez, the U.N.'s expert on human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya, and the head of a U.N. panel against arbitrary detention, El Hadji Malick Sow.

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