Yassin al-Haj Saleh
born in 1961 in Raqqa, is a Syrian writer. At 18, he was arrested for being a member of the Communist Party and spent the next 16 years as a political prisoner. Since his release, he has been committed to democratic reform and against the acceptance of the Assad regime in the West. Al-Haj Saleh is the author of several books and writes for numerous newspapers and magazines. He lives in Berlin.