Since Kamal was illegally imprisoned by the Syrian regime in Adra Prison, in 2005, numerous of our democratically elected representatives have raised his plight in our national and international parliaments. I have trawled through the websites of the UK Parliament and the European Parliament to consolidate the various representations in one place. I have also linked again to the petition running on the Number 10 website.
Some of you may wonder why I bother.
To some, Kamal is just one more unfortunate political progressive caught on the wrong side of an unreconstructed Middle Eastern dictator.
Not to me.
I bother because he is an artist, a philosopher, a radical and a Liberal.
Most of all, though, I bother because he is my friend.
Please take a look at this parliamentary archives page and be grateful for our own freedoms and democracy.