Syrians living in Jordan and Jordanian activists hold up Syrian opposition flags as they shout slogans during a demonstration in front of the Syrian embassy in Amman May 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohammad Hamed)
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Dozens of organizations in a joint statement Friday demanded the immediate release of three prominent Syrian rights activists including journalist Mazen Darwish, who have been held since February 2012 .The men have been kept in custody despite President Bashar Assad on June 9 announcing an amnesty.While tens of thousands of prisoners detained over the course of Syria's revolt had been expected to be set free, lawyers say that only several hundred people actually benefited from the amnesty. A revolt broke out in Syria in March 2011, demanding Assad's ouster.
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