Syrian authorities detain pro-democracy activist

Syrian security agents have detained a key member of the banned Communist Labor Party for allegedly meeting with Syrian dissidents abroad, human rights groups said Tuesday. Fateh Jammous, who spent nearly two decades in jail for being a communist and is a member of the Damascus Declaration, a broad coalition of Syrian reformists, was arrested at Damascus airport on Sunday after visiting Syrian opposition figures in Europe, the National Organization for Human Rights said in an e-mailed statement. There was no immediate confirmation from Syrian officials, who usually do not comment on domestic security matters, including detentions and trials of activists. Jammous had refused to answer a summons by security agents before his travel over a month ago, the statement said.