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Syria: Further information: Protestors released but many still at risk

, رقم الوثيقة: MDE 24/014/2011

Five protestors whose cases were included in the Urgent Action of 23 March were released on 24 March; two others remain in prison facing charges but are no longer held incommunicado. However, six detainees continue to be held incommunicado detention while the status and whereabouts of the remaining 79 is unclear; some or all may still be in detention. In addition, 49 other protestors are now also being detained incommunicado at unknown locations across Syria in connection with the recent protests, and are also now at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Further information on UA: 87/11 Index: MDE 24/014/2011 Syria Date: 30 March 2011
URGENT ACTION
PROTESTORS RELEASED BUT MANY STILL AT RISK
Five protestors whose cases were included in the Urgent Action of 23 March were released on 24
March; two others remain in prison facing charges but are no longer held incommunicado.
However, six detainees continue to be held incommunicado detention while the status and
whereabouts of the remaining 79 is unclear; some or all may still be in detention. In addition, 49
other protestors are now also being detained incommunicado at unknown locations across Syria
in connection with the recent protests, and are also now at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
According to Syrian human rights organizations, 48 men and one woman were arrested by security forces between
23 and 28 March in Damascus, the capital, and in al-Raqqa, al-Zabadani, Banias, Dayr al-Zor, Douma, and Homs in
connection with continuing popular protests. This increases the number of those known to remain in detention
despite the government’s announcement that all those detained in connection with the protests are to be released by
order of the President. All detainees who are held incommunicado are at serious risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Those held include protestors, bloggers, lawyers and journalists, many of whom may be prisoners of conscience
detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and association. They include:
Ahmad Hudaifa, a blogger aged 28, who was arrested on 23 March apparently for supporting the protests on
Facebook (for more information see UA 40/11 http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE24/008/2011/en), and
four lawyers who were arrested between 25 and 27 March, Hussein ‘Issa, Nidal al-Sheikh Hamoudeh, Suleiman
Nahili and Tamer al-Jahamani.
The six detainees named in the Urgent Action of 23 March who continue to be detained incommunicado are:Bara’ah
Kalziyeh, Mohammed al-Khatib, Mohammed Mounir al-Faqir, Mohammed Darwich, Mohammed Ahmed Houriyeh and
Abu Baker Ayoub Sha’ban.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Arabic, English, French or your own language:
Expressing concern about these continuing detentions despite President Assad’s instruction that all those
detained in connection with the protests are to be released;
Calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience and for all other detainees to
be either released or brought to trial on recognizable charges and in full conformity with international fair trial
standards and without recourse to the death penalty;
Urging the Syrian authorities to ensure that all detainees are protected against torture or other ill-treatment, are
granted immediate access to their families, lawyers of their choosing and any medical treatment they may need.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 11 MAY 2011 TO:
President
Bashar al-Assad
Presidential Palace
al-Rashid Street
Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: +963 11 332 3410
Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of Interior
Major Sa’id Mohamed Samour
Ministry of Interior
‘Abd al-Rahman Shahbandar Street
Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: +963 11 222 3428
Salutation: Your Excellency
And copies to:
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Walid al-Mu’allim
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
al-Rashid Street
Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: +963 11 214 6251
Salutation: Your Excellency
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above
date. This is the first update of UA 87/11. Further information: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/MDE24/013/2011/en
Date: 30 March 2011
URGENT ACTION
PROTESTORS RELEASED BUT MANY STILL AT RISK
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Since protests began on 15 March, at least 99 people are reported to have been killed and many others injured in
Damascus and other centres, including al-Tall, al-Samamayn, Homs, Latakia and Dera’a. The Syrian authorities have
also made sweeping arrests. Although the total number of those arrested remains unknown Amnesty International
has published the names of 92 people who are reported to have been held incommunicado in connection with the
protests, based on reports from Syrian human rights organizations and detainees’ relatives.
On 25 March the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) announced that all those detained for their involvement in the
protests had been released on 24 March 2011 on the instructions of the President, but did not disclose their
names. On 27 March the government also announced its intention to lift the state of emergency law that has been
continuously in force since 1963 but gave no further details.
Syrian human rights organizations have reported that most of those arrested in and around Dera’a between 18 and
24 March were released. One of those released, told Amnesty International that all those detained numbering up
to one hundred - had been held in the city’s Military Security branch and were released at 9 pm on 24 March.
Some were held only for a few hours, others for several days. Some were beaten in detention by members of the
security forces.
The five other detainees who are confirmed to have been released on the evening of 24 March are Sabr Darwich, a
journalist, Hussein Mustafa ‘Ali, Mohammed Adib Matar, ‘Issa Masalmeh, a political activist, and Lo'ay Hussein, a
writer. Two others, Mahmud al-Ghorani and Hussein al-Labwani, appeared before Damascus Investigation Judge on
27 March and were charged with “weakening national sentiment” and “causing sectarian and racial strife”; they
were then transferred to ‘Adra prison.
FU UA: 87/11 Index: MDE 24/014/2011 Issue Date: 30 March 2011

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