It has been reported by the Syrian Committee for Human Rights – MAD and the Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD that on Sunday 26 September 2010, Tayfur Ibrahim was brought to the Criminal Military Court in Aleppo, in case number 740. He was sentenced to imprisonment for one and a half years, pursuant to Article 278 of the Syrian Penal Code.
The following people will be punished with a fixed-term of imprisonment:
a. anyone who violates state provisions to ensure neutrality in the event of war;
b. anyone who, without the approval of the government, commits acts, writes texts, or holds speeches that put Syria at risk of hostilities, strain Syria’s relations to another state, or expose Syrians to acts of revenge against themselves or their financial assets. Read more
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
According to Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms in Syria – DAD, four citizens of Amuda were told to report to the State Security Branch in Qamishli city at 9.30am on Tuesday 14 September 2010. They have since not been seen, and no-one knows where they are, if there is a warrant for their arrests, or why they are being detained.
Those who have disappeared are:
1 – Luqman Hussein Ibrahim.
2 – Salah Saeed Sheikhmous.
3 – Abdul Ghafoor Hussein Hussein.
4 – Saad Furman al-Hassan. Read more
Update on the Kurds on Hunger Strike in Denmark from the organising committee – 18 September 2010
Twenty-eight Kurds from Syria are now on the fifth day in front of the Danish parliament, Christiansborg Castle Square. Many in the group tell about mistreatment and torture by the Syrian regime
In a tent at Christiansborg Castle Square the Kurds from Syria have been on a hunger strike since Tuesday, 14 September. The group hunger strikes to stop the deportations by the Danish authorities into an unknown fate.
“We will continue the hunger strike until we are heard,” said Kek Ibo, spokesman for the Kurds. “If they are deported to Syria, they will all be greeted by persecution, imprisonment and torture, and therefore we have no other option than to try to let our voices be heard in Denmark and urge Danes to support our humanitarian action. Read more
We hereby announce the world’s press that 30 people has started on unlimited hunger strike to protect our own and our families’ lives for the imprisonment, torture, repression, and especially death.
We went into action from Tuesday 14th September 2010, at. 12.00 at Christiansborg Castle Square in Copenhagen. Please read on for more information.
We have fled from one of the worst dictatorial regimes in the world and have sought asylum in one of the leading democratic countries, Denmark. Read more
The individual second military judge in Aleppo sentenced Mohamed Ramadan to five months imprisonment, in case no. 7027 of 2010. Mohamed Ramadan is from Kobani, and was accused of incitement to conflict between communities and various elements of the nation, in accordance with Article 307 of the Syrian Penal Code.
A military magistrate in Aleppo found Manal Ibrahim guilty of the crime of belonging to a political organization, in accordance with Article 288 of the Syrian Penal Code, which aims to partition off part of Syrian territory and annexed it to a foreign country in accordance with Article 267, and transferred her case to the Military Criminal Court in Aleppo. Read more
The Syrian Committee for Human Rights – MAD reports that the second military investigation judge in Aleppo heard the case of Fatima Ahmed Hawool [case 500 of 2010] who is accused under Article 267/288 of the Penal Code of Syria, and sent her case for trial to the Military Criminal Court in Aleppo. She was arrested on 12 March 2010. Read more
Mr. Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, visited Syria between 29 August and 7 September 2010.
On 7 September, he conveyed to the Government his preliminary reflections on his visit. Later that day, he held a press conference in Damascus at the Four Seasons Hotel. He opened the press conference with some preliminary remarks about his visit. His preliminary conclusions are set out below. [Full report in pdf available UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food: Mission to Syria from 29 August to 7 September 2010]
The following are extracts from the above report [sections are highlighted by SKS]. The report raises serious concern that the people living in the north-eastern (Kurdish) regions are being significantly affected by the lack of water. In effect, the report is critical of the political attitude of the Syrian Government towards Kurds, and especially stateless Kurds, which denies these very vulnerable people the right to support in this time of drought: