mercoledì 28 marzo 2012

Syria – Disappearance of Syrian Kurd student activist

Student activist, Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed, a member of Syria’s Kurdish minority, has not been seen since 3 March. There are fears he may have been arrested by the security forces. If so, with the security forces denying he is in their custody, he has been subjected to enforced disappearance. He is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed is a student at the University of Aleppo. He was last seen when he left the apartment he shares with fellow students around on 3 March. A contact told Amnesty International that after he left the apartment, heavily armed but unidentified security officials raided it, taking Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed’s laptop. Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed was previously arrested and detained for about 10 days in relation to his involvement in student activism and focus on Kurdish rights. He recently changed apartments in fear of another arrest.

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Object: Disappearance of Syrian Kurd student activist

Your Excellency,

I am writing to you as supporter of Amnesty International, the non governmental organization which since 1961 has been working in defense of human rights, wherever they are violated.
I express concern that Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed has not been seen since 3 March in circumstances that indicate he was taken into custody by Syrian security forces.
I emphasise that concealing the fate or whereabouts of a detained person is prohibited under international law, and call on the Syrian authorities to urgently clarify Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed’s current whereabouts.
I call on you to allow him to make contact with his family, to ensure that he has prompt access to a lawyer and medical care, and to ensure that he is not subjected to any torture or other ill-treatment.
I state that if Jaqar Khoen Mullah Ahmed is held solely on account of his peaceful exercise of his rights to freedom of expression and assembly, he should be released immediately and unconditionally. Otherwise, he should be charged with a recognizably criminal offence and tried in accordance with international fair trial standards.
Thank you for your attention.
(your name) 



Salutation: Your Excellency

Bashar al-Assad
Presidential Palace
Al-Rashid Street
Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: +963 11 332 3410

Salutation: Your Excellency
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates
Walid al-Mu’allim
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates
Al-Rashid Street
Syrian Arab Republic
Fax: +963 11 214 625 12 / 13

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