venerdì 11 gennaio 2013

Syria - Four men arrested, at risk of torture in Syria

AMNESTY URGENT ACTION
A Syrian man, Youssef al-Ammar, his nephews Suhaib al-Ammar and Iqbal al-Ammar and another relative, Bilal Koushan, were arrested on 24 November 2012 at their shared flat in Damascus. Since then they have been detained in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance and are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
According to a local contact, members of the security forces arrived in the early hours of 24 November 2012 at the flat that Youssef al-Ammar shares with his nephews Suhaib al-Ammar, and Iqbal al-Ammar, and another relative, who was not present at the time. Suhaib al-Ammar and Iqbal al-Ammar’s cousin Bilal Koushan, originally from the Syrian town of Dera’a, had been staying with his relatives in the flat. The same contact told Amnesty International that eyewitnesses later told the family that the four men had been taken away by members of the security forces.
The Syrian authorities have not notified the family regarding the men’s detention, their current whereabouts or any charges against them. The reasons for their arrest are unknown.

link story
http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/uaa00513.pdf

LETTER 

Object: Four men arrested, at risk of torture in Syria

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 Youssef al-Ammar, Suhaib al-Ammar, Iqbal al-Ammar and Bilal Koushan have been held incommunicado since 24 November 2012 in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance.
I urge you to ensure that they are protected from torture and other ill-treatment, allowed immediate contact with their families and a lawyer of their choice, and provided with all necessary medical care.
I ask for clarification of their legal status, and calling on the authorities to release them if they are not to be charged with an internationally recognizable criminal offence, and tried according to international fair trial standards.
Thank you for your attention.
(your name)

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