Noura Ghazi

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Noura Ghazi
Noura Ghazi at Rightscon 3.jpg
Born(1981-09-30)September 30, 1981
Damascus, Syria
Bassel Khartabil (m. 2013–2015)

Noura Ghazi (نورا غازي) also Noura Ghazi Safadi ( نورا غازي صفدي ) (born September 30, 1981 in Damascus, Syria) is a Syrian lawyer. Her husband, Bassel Khartabil, was forcibly disappeared in Syria in 2015.[1][2][3]


Ghazi's father was an activist for workers. When she was five years old, her father was sent to prison by the Supreme Court of State Security.[4] Noura Ghazi studied law at Damascus University.[4]

Ghazi met Bassel Khartabil (Arabic: باسل خرطبيل‎), or Bassel Safadi (Arabic: باسل صفدي‎), a Syrian-Palestinian who wrote open-source software, in 2011 at a protest.[2]

Safadi was arrested on March 15, 2012. The two were married at Adra prison on January 7, 2013.[1]

"Behind bars, Noura Ghazi Safadi and Bassel Khartabil Safadi pledged their love for each other, promising to love each other in the face of the Syrian government that had imprisoned Bassel," said The Sun UK.[2]


Amnesty International stated, "Noura has been a lawyer for many years, focusing on human rights, detention and disappearances."[5]

While her husband was in prison from 2012 to 2015, Ghazi wrote a poetry book about him called Waiting. He translated the book into English.[6]

In 2018, Amnesty International named Ghazi as one of the "8 kick-ass women standing up for our rights."[5]


  1. ^ a b "SYRIA: VOICES IN CRISIS - SEPTEMBER 2015". Amnesty International.
  2. ^ a b c Vonow, Brittany (October 11, 2017). "LOVE AND WAR Syrian women reveal what it's REALLY like to live through a brutal civil war…". Noura Ghazi. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  3. ^ "Deadly but preventable attacks. Killings and enforced disappearances of those who defend human rights". Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  4. ^ a b Amnistía Internacional Sección Española (11 March 2016). "La carretera de la prisión de Adra". Amnistía Internacional España - Derechos Humanos.
  5. ^ a b Singh, Angela (2018-03-08). "We run the world - 8 kick-ass women standing up for our rights". Amnesty International. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  6. ^ Noura, Ghazi (May 21, 2016). "Waiting..." Noura Ghazi. Retrieved 2018-05-17.

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