SOCIETY FOR THREATENED PEOPLES
PRESS RELEASE Göttingen, September 27, 2010
Two young Christian Assyrian-Aramaeans have been in police custody for one week now in Syria because they waved Assyrian flags at a concert. As the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Göttingen learned today, Gabriel Isa Iskander and Nahir Hanna were apprehended by the Syrian security force, “Al Mukhabarat Al Syasi,” on September 20 in Qamishli, a city in northeastern Syria predominantly inhabited by Kurds, Assyrian-Aramaeans and Armenians. Syrian officials have charged the two youths with violation of Paragraph 307 of the Syrian criminal code and the crime of “fomenting ethnic and religious hatred.” Read more
SOCIETY FOR THREATENED PEOPLES
INVITATION TO HUMAN RIGHTS EVENT Berlin/Göttingen, September 24, 2010
Demonstration and rally in Berlin
A demonstration and rally will be held this Monday outside the Syrian Embassy in Berlin to demand the release of abducted human rights activist Ismail Abdi, a German of Kurdish descent. The demonstration is being organized by a coalition of Syrian-Kurdish and German organizations, including the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP). Read more
The Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD reports that Mustafa Ismail, the lawyer and writer was brought under case no. 790 before the Criminal Military Court in Aleppo on Sunday, 26 September 2010.
The session was attended by the attorney for Mustafa Ismail, the representative of the Bar Association in Aleppo. The session was for the judge to question Mustafa. He is charged with: working to withhold part of Syrian territory and annex it to the foreign State under Articles 267/288 of the Penal Code of Syria. Mustafa Ismail has denied the charges against him, and the case has been adjourned to 17 October for the defence to present their case.
The Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD condemns the arrest and charges brought against Mustafa Ismail, and calls for his release and the release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience.
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The Syrian Committee for Human Rights – MAD reports that Rezan and Aged Gello were assaulted, shot and injured by members of the security patrol on the first day of Eid al-Fitr on Friday, 10 September 2010 at 4.30 pm in Qamishli city, as they left their house. They are sons of the martyr Nur al-Din Ibrahim Gello. It came to light later that the people who had been watching the house were from the Political Security organization.
Passers-by who came to see what was happening were attacked in the street. Intelligence security forces fired many shots. Risan and his cousin Farhad were arrested by the Political Security branch from Hassaka. For several days following this incident, members of the family were summoned by the authorities and the some were arrested - Mohiuddin Ibrahim Gello and and Jagarkhwin Gello, and also two neighbours Mohammad Faris, and Samer Ibrahim. Read more
Human Rights Organization in Syria – MAF reports that Jamal Ibrahim Manjah was summoned to the Political Security branch in Hassaka on 19 September 2010. He has resigned from his teaching post in Qamishli. He has been charged with taking part in a five minute silent protest against Decree 49, which had been called for by several Kurdish groups, on 10 September 2010. He has been summoned to the Political Security branch repeatedly, and was arrested on 21 September 2010. His fate and whereabouts are still unknown.
A patrol of one of the security authorities arrested Masoud Sallu from the village of Derona Ighe on the border of Syria and Turkey, between Qamishli and Nusabin. Masoud Sallu is resident in Germany, and had been to visit his family for about a month. He was arrested as he left their home. Read more
The Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD reports that a patrol from political security in Damascus raided the homes of Jihad Abdul Rahman Ali and Faraz Faisal in the area of Zor Ava, on Monday, 20 September 2010.
These houses owners had previously been summoned and questioned about making the symbolic fires that are traditionally used to celebrate Newroz, in March 2010. Their houses were searched and they were arrested as people usually are – without authorized judicial authorities and without a note or a ruling from the competent judicial authorities. Read more
The historic town of Hasankeyf on the banks of the Tigris River in southeastern Turkey was once an important stop on the Silk Road connecting Asia to Europe, part of a rich history that sustains some 3,000 residents who depend on tourism to make a living.
But Hasankeyf will soon be completely submerged, along with its many archeological treasures, as the government hastens to complete a huge hydroelectric dam just 45 miles downstream.
On the foothills of a nearby hill, heavy machinery is busy constructing the foundations for a new town where the government plans to resettle the mostly Kurdish residents of Hasankeyf once the Ilisu Dam is completed, but support for the resettlement plan among locals is low. Read more
The Syrian Committee for Human Rights – MAD and Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD report that the first military investigating judge in Aleppo charged Mahmoud Nebo on 22 September 2010 of belonging to a political organization that aims to withholding part of Syrian territory and annex it to the foreign State under Articles 267/288 of the Penal Code of Syria, in case no. 276. He transferred the case to the Court of Military Commissions in Aleppo.
Mahmoud Nebo, born 1961 from Kobani was arrested on 16 April 2010
22 September 2010
Human Rights Organization in Syria – MAF and Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD and Kurdish Committee for Human Rights in Syria – al-Rased report that the defence hearing in the trial of Abdul Hafiz Abdul al-Rahman took place on 19 September 2010 before third military judge in Aleppo. He has been charged with the crime of belonging to a banned political association on the basis of Article 288 in case number 6951 of 2010.
Abdel Hafiz Abdel Rahman, is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Human Rights Organization in Syria – MAF. The trial was adjourned to 29 September 2010.
19 September 2010
Human Rights Organization in Syria – MAF and Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD report that a patrol of the Hassakeh branch of Political Security raided the home of Muslim Hussein Abbas in Derbasiyah on Sunday, 12 September 2010. He was taken to an unknown destination, and there has been no news of him since that time.
There was no court order produced at the time of the arrest.
Muslim Hussein Abbas was born in 1975, he is married and has five children.
MAF and DAD condemn the continuing unlawful and arbitrary arrests of Kurds by the Syrian authorities.
17 September 2010