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18 December 2013
Mourning British Muslim Humanitarian Dr Abbas
|The Muslim Council of Britain today expressed
its sympathy to the family of Dr Abbas Khan, who was found dead in Syria
earlier this week. He was imprisoned by the Syrian regime, reportedly tortured,
and despite the valiant attempts by his mother to have him released, Abbas Khan
was found murdered. Dr Khan was a British doctor who travelled to Syria to
provide much needed humanitarian care to the people of Syria.
Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the Muslim
Council of Britain said: "We mourn the passing of Dr Abbas Khan. He was a
humanitarian who gave up a comfortable life in England to offer his skills and
help alleviate some of the pain for the people of Syria."
"For his trouble he was imprisoned and reportedly
tortured by the Syrian regime, demonstrating once again the callous regard the
government of Syria has for human life."
"Syria has descended into anarchy, and
humanitarians like Dr Abbas Khan provide much needed respite to the terrible
"We join the family of Dr Abbas Khan in their
grief and we echo the serious questions put by the family to our Foreign
Commonwealth Office. What efforts were put into securing the release of Dr
Khan? And what will be done to ensure that other humanitarian workers currently
in Syria are properly given the necessary support by our government?"
"We urge the Syrian government to now release
Dr Abbas Khan's body and expedite a speedy repatriation so that his family can
mourn in peace and dignity".
Many British Muslims are rightly concerned about
the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria and are donating in large
numbers to British charities dedicated to helping the Syrian people.
Note to Editors:
The Muslim Council of Britain (www.mcb.org.uk) is the UK's representative Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.
For further information please contact the MCB:
The Muslim Council of Britain,
PO Box 57330,
Tel: 0845 26 26 786
Fax: 0207 247 7079