Yassin al Haj Saleh is journalist, intellectual and translator from Raqqa, Syria. A political prisoner from 1980- 1996. He authored 5 books on Syria and participated in 5 others as well as numerous articles and essays about Syria. Some of his work has been translated to French Spanish, English and German. He is a founding member of al Jumhuriya group that thinks and writes about Syrian affairs since March 2012 and of Hamisch, the Syrian cultural house in Istanbul. He was awarded the Prince Claus Prize in 2012. In October 2013, he left Syria for Istanbul. He is the husband of Samira al Khalil, a former political prisoner between 1987 and 1991, who has been abducted and “disappeared” since December 2013.