venerdì 13 aprile 2012

Syria – Fears for Syrian man held incommunicado

A Syrian man, aged 70, has been held incommunicado since 19 March, reportedly by Air Force Intelligence. He is believed to be detained in relation to his son’s pro-reform activities. He is in poor health, and it is not known if he is receiving the daily medication he requires. He is at risk of torture and other ill treatment.
Isma’il Othman al-Salihah, from Maarat al-Numaan, in the north-western Idlib province, was arrested on 19 March 2012. An eye-witness told Isma’il Othman al-Salihah’s son Ghassan al-Salihah, that his father was arrested at a temporary check-point near the city of Aleppo, known by locals to be controlled by the Air Force Intelligence.
Ghassan al-Salihah, who participated in pro-reform demonstrations and other activities, believes his father was arrested in relation to pro-reform activities by family members. Ghassan al-Salihah, who is not currently in Syria, was detained by State Security officials on 31 April 2011 in relation to his activities and was released without charge on 1 June 2011 in a general amnesty covering "all members of political movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood”.
Isma’il Othman al-Salihah is a retired secondary school teacher and, according to his son, has not been politically active since pro-reform demonstrations began in 2011. If he was arrested solely in relation his son’s activities, then he is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released. There is further concern for Isma’il Othman al-Salihah’s well-being as he requires daily medication for diabetes and high blood pressure.


Object: Fears for Syrian man held incommunicado

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 Isma’il Othman al-Salihah has been held incommunicado since 19 March 2012 and that he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
I call on you to allow him contact with his family, a lawyer of his choice and immediate and regular access to all necessary medical care.
I call for the immediate and unconditional release of Isma’il Othman al-Salihah if he is held solely in connection with the activities of family members, otherwise he should be released unless he is to be promptly charged with an internationally recognizable criminal offence and tried promptly in accordance with fair trial standards.
Thank you for your attention.
(your name)



Salutation: Your Excellency
Bashar al-Assad
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Ministry of Interior
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