KURDISH FOLK SINGER AT RISK OF TORTURE
Kurdish folk singer ‘Abd al-Rahman Mohammed ‘Omar has been held incommunicado at an unknown location in Syria since his arrest on 24 January and is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. He may be being denied the regular medication that he requires.
Abd al-Rahman Mohammed ‘Omar, a popular artist and singer of Kurdish music (who performs under the name Bavê Selah, was arrested by Military Security agents at his home in Aleppo, in north-west Syria, and taken to an unknown location. It is believed he was handed over to Political Security agents one week after his arrest. He was arrested without any warrant and without any explanation given to his family, who are still unaware of his whereabouts. Read more
The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) was informed on 25 January 2011 that the popular Kurdish folk singer Abdulrahman Omer, born 1951 and known as Bavê Selah, was arrested, in Aleppo. He was born in the predominantly Kurdish area, Afrin in the far north-western part of Syria. At the time of his detention, the Kurdish artist was in bad health, however the Syrian security forces followed their instructions to arrest him without regard to this.
Abdulrahman Omer’s whereabouts are unknown.