UA 383/92 - Syria: torture / possible prisoners of conscience: more than 200 Syrian Kurds including: 'Ala'uddin Hamam Ahmad, Ibrahim Wiso Buzan, Muhammad 'Ali Ousman 'Ali, Khalil Mustafa Musta, 'Umar Haj 'Ali 'Ammo, Musa Hassan Hyssain, Sharif Ahmad Shukr
Over 200 Syrian Kurds were arrested in October 1992, many of whom, AI fears, may be prisoners of conscience. Some, such as Mahmoud 'Ammo, a member of the joint leadership of Kurdish political groups in Syria, were released after a few days. They were reported to have been treated in hospital in al-Qamishli for injuries caused by torture during interrogation. The arrests apparently began after a leaflet was issued by the joint leadership of three Kurdish political groups in Syria on 5 October 1992. The leaflet was issued to mark the 30th anniversary of the introduction of a law which stripped many thousands of Kurds of their Syrian nationality and has since deprived them of all basic civil rights.