Mazen Darwish

A Syrian lawyer and human rights defender, Mazen Darwish graduated from the law faculty at the University of Damascus-Syria.

He is the founder and General Director of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) and the Violations Documentation Center in Syria (VDC), and a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists. Darwish was awarded over twelve international awards, including the “Roland Berger Human Dignity Award”, the “UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize”, and the “Four Freedoms Award”, and he was named in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022.

Darwish was arrested several times in Syria due to his activism on defending human rights, the last time he was held for more than three years (until 2015). He was an advisory member in the Myanmar Expert Committee, a member of the Constitutional Experts Committee formed by the UN Special Envoy to Syria, a member of “Geneva talks”, a member of the national working group reviewing Syrian media legislation, the Deputy of the Institute for International Assistance and Solidarity, and the leader of the observation team in the Moroccan and Jordanian Parliamentary Elections 2007.