EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: MDE 24/07/94
24 June 1994
Further information on UA 167/94 (MDE 24/06/94, 28 April 1994) -
Incommunicado Detention \ Fear of Torture
SYRIA Fadi Munir Jadid - University student, aged 20
Usama Munir Jadid - University student, aged 25
Nidal Mahmud Jadid - University student, aged 31 Salah
Mahmud Jadid - University Lecturer, aged 30 Ghassan Fuad Jadid -
Univesity student, aged 24 Saddiq Riad Jadid - Student, aged 17
Yassir Riad Jadid - Student, aged 20
'Ammar 'Abbud - Dentist, aged 24
'Ali 'Issa al-Hakim - Businessman, aged 31
'Abd al-Razzaq al-Hallaq - Engineer, aged 37
Na'im Khuri - Retired army officer
On 20 June, the London Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic wrote to Amnesty
International in reply to appeals from the UA Network on behalf of the 11 people
"I refer to several letters received recently from a number of activists of
your organisation concerning information about the detention of some of the
Late Salah Jadid family members and friends.
I would like to inform you that no one was arrested or detained because of
being a relative or friend of the Late Salah Jadid.
Furthermore, the Syrian Arab Republic laws and regulations do not give authority
to anyone to arrest or detain any citizen because of his or her blood relation,
colour, opinion, religion, or language.
It would be appreciated if you would kindly circulate this information to all
the members of your organisation."
While welcoming the Embassy's communication, Amnesty Internation remains
concerned that the 11 detainees are still being held in incommunicado detention
at an unknown location, and have been held in this way for almost 11 months
now. This was the concern at the centre of UA participants' appeals, and is
one which the Embassy's letter fails to clarify. Amnesty International
continues to fear that the detainees may have been subjected to torture, and
that as long as they are held incommunicado, remain at risk of such treatment.
The Embassy's letter also fails to give any information as to the reasons for
their detention and their legal status, or provide assurances that they are
being allowed access to family, lawyers and medical attention, if necessary.
Lengthy incommunicado detention of political suspects is a regular practice
in Syria where it has been a contributory factor in facilitating the torture
and death under torture of detainees. Such a practice is contrary to
international human rights standards and to Syria's own laws. Article 72(2)
of the Syrian Code of Criminal Procedures guarantees detained suspects the
right to contact a lawyer at any time and in private.
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