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Syria: Fear for safety / torture / possible 'disappearance' - Hussain Daoud

, Index number: MDE 24/005/2001

Hussain Daoud, an asylum seeker who was forcibly returned to Syria, has been held incommunicado since he was arrested by Syrian security forces. He has reportedly been tortured, and Amnesty International is concerned for his safety.

PUBLIC AI Index: MDE 24/005/2001
UA 107/01 Fear for safety / torture / possible “disappearance”
26 April 2001
SYRIAHussain Daoud, aged 30
Hussain Daoud, an asylum seeker who was forcibly returned to Syria, has been
held incommunicado since he was arrested by Syrian security forces. He has
reportedly been tortured, and Amnesty International is concerned for his safety.
Hussain Daoud, a Syrian Kurd, was forcibly returned to Syria on 10 December
2000 after the German authorities rejected his asylum application. He was
reportedly arrested by the State Security Force (Amn al-dawla) when he arrived
at Damascus Airport. He was initially brought to State Security detention centre
No. 285, where he was apparently questioned about his and other Kurdish
activists’ activities in Germany. He has since been held at various detention
centres in Damascus and al-Qamishli in northern Syria, and has been interrogated
and tortured continually. According to unconfirmed reports, he was hospitalized
about a month ago after he suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of torture.
His current whereabouts are unknown.
The authorities have not acknowledged Hussain Daoud’s detention, but some
acquaintances of his reportedly saw him at State Security Detention centre
No. 285 in March. They were not allowed to speak with him. His family have
made numerous enquiries with the authorities, but have been unable to see him
or find out where he is being held.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Hussain Daoud applied for asylum in Braunschweig, Germany on 18 January 1996.
His asylum claim was rejected by the German authorities in all instances. He
was reportedly politically active while in Germany, and took part in
demonstrations organised by Syrian exiled groups in front of the Syrian embassy.
Political detainees are routinely tortured or ill-treated in Syria,
particularly during periods of interrogation. Throughout the years, scores
of people have reportedly “disappeared” after being arrested by Syrian security
forces.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English, Arabic or your own language:
- asking where Hussain Daoud is being held, and urging that
he is treated humanely and allowed access to medical care, his family and a
lawyer of his choice;
- asking the authorities why he was arrested and whether he has been charged
or tried;
- expressing concern at reports that he has been tortured and ill-treated,
and calling for an independent and impartial investigation into these
allegations.
APPEALS TO:
His Excellency
President Bashar al-Assad
Presidential Palace
Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
2
Telegrams: President al-Assad, Damascus, Syria
Telexes: 419160 prespl sy
Salutation: Your Excellency
COPIES TO:
His Excellency
Dr Muhammad Harba
Minster of the Interior
Ministry of the Interior
Merjeh Circle
Damascus
Syrian Arab Republic
Faxes: + 963 11 222 3428
Telexes: 411016 AFIRS SY
and to diplomatic representatives of Syria accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 11 June 2001.

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