Document - Further information on UA 13/92 (MDE 24/01/92, 9 January) - Syria: torture / incommunicado detention: Aktham Nu'aysa and six others

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Further information on UA 13/92 (MDE 24/01/92, 9 January 1992) -Torture/Incommunicado Detention17 January 1992

SYRIA: Aktham Nu'aysa

and six others

Amnesty International has received further reports indicating that five of the six detainees arrested with Aktham Nu'aysa are being held in the Military Interrogation Centre in Damascus and that they have been tortured. The sixth detainee has been released. Aktham Nu'aysa is reportedly still held incommunicado in Harasta Military Hospital. The other five, including Muhammad 'Ali Habib and Amjad Bahbuha, are also said to continue to be held incommunicado. Amnesty International does not have the names and details of the other three.

None of the six detainees is known to have used or advocated violence and all may be held solely for having peacefully exercised their right to freedom of expression.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail letters:

- expressing grave concern over reports of Aktham Nu'aysa and the other five having been tortured;

- requesting that this allegation be immediately investigated, that the findings be made public and if the reports are confirmed, those found responsible for the torture be brought to justice;

- seeking information about the names and personal details of the three people not known to Amnesty International and any others arrested in the same connection, and the reasons for their arrest;

- asking for their immediate release unless they are to be charged with an internationally recognized criminal offence;

- requesting that all detainees be given prompt access to their families and lawyers, and that all necessary medical care be provided.


His Excellency

President Hafez al-Assad

Presidential Palace

Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

Telegrams:President al-Assad, Damascus, Syria

Telexes:419160 munjed sy

Salutation:Your Excellency

His Excellency Muhammad Harba

Minister of the Interior

Ministry of the Interior

Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

Telegrams:Interior Minister, Damascus, Syria

Salutation:Your Excellency

His Excellency Khaled al-Ansari

Minister of Justice

Ministry of Justice

Nasr Street

Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

Telegrams: Justice Minister, Damascus, Syria

Salutation:Your Excellency

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His Excellency Faruq al-Shar'a

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Al-Rashid Street

Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

Telegram:Foreign Affairs Minister, Damascus, Syria


Salutation:Your Excellency

His Excellency Dr. Iyad al-Shatti

Minister of Health

Ministry of Health

al-Majlis al-Niyabi Street

Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

Telegrams:Health Minister, Damascus, Syria

Telexes:health 412655 sy

Salutation:Your Excellency


Dr. M. Cherif Bakle

Ordre des Medicins Syriens

Place de l'Etoile

Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

and to diplomatic representatives of Syria in your country.

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