Syria: Medical concern: Prisoners of conscience detained since the 1980s, some in need of medical care
Mustafa al-Hussain, Muhammad Kheir Khalaf, 'Abdalla Qabbara, 'Umar al-Hayak, 'Abd al-Karim 'Issa, Hikmat Mirjaneh, Yassin al-Haj Salih, Yusha' al-Khatib, Mazin Shamshin, Firas Yunis: Amnesty International has received reports that the above ten prisoners of conscience have been moved to Tadmur military prison which is renowned for its harsh conditions and where torture and ill-treatment is common. They were detained between 1980 and 1990 and have been transferred for their refusal to sign a statement recanting their political beliefs. There is further concern that six of the men are in need of medical attention. Amnesty International is calling for their immediate and unconditional release and is seeking assurances that they will be provided with all the medical care they require while they remain in prison.