On 4 June, Human Rights Guardians addressed the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances in the United Nations on the disappearance of three Syrian citizens from the Tremeseh area in the central western province of Hama between 2012 and 2014. Their families are still unaware of their fate and place of detention. The three victims were arrested during raids, a wave of arrests and checkpoints carried out by the National army of the regime and the air security forces, and then taken to unknown places for detention. Their families did not take any action following their disappearance out of fear of being arrested, as has been the case in many cases.
– The student Jalal Al-Sutal university student disappeared after he was kidnapped by the National army of the Salama family on: July 4th 2013.
While traveling from his home to the busterminal where he was waiting for the bus heading to the city of Deir al-Zour, where there is the headquarters of his university and while sitting in the garden opposite the garage came Shabiha forces and kidnapped him and taken him to an unknown destination, Shortly after Shbaiha contacted his family to negotiate the release of the victim for a sum of Money and the victim’s relatives agreed to the amount, but the communications were cut off suddenly and the family could not get any information about him.
On April 1st 2014, the National army arrested the 60 years old farmer Jihad al-Bulad, born on 1960 in the area of Al-Tarimseh/Hama while the victim was going with his son to the village of Safsafiya. Before they reached the village, they were stopped by a mobile checkpoint. They took him to an unknown destination. Passers-by from the same village told the victim’s relatives who did not take anyaction out of for fear of paying large sums of money.
On February 17th 2012, the air force raided the house of the victim Khalid al-Khaled, born in Tremiseh Hama, May 14, 1973. And arrested him in his house in the southern neighborhood of Tremiseh and in front of his wife and children, the victim was arrested and left tied in front of the entire neighborhood for a few hours until a military jeep took him to an unknown destination.
His family searched the security branches in Damascus via intermediaries, a year and a half after his arrest they learned that he was in Sednaya prison and that he was forbidden to visit. The family was unable to confirm the truth.
With regard to those cases, which constitute only a fraction of the thousands of systematic disappearances in Syria, human rights guardians sent a letter to the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances expressing concern about the fate of these detainees and gross violations of their fundamental rights. It also sought the intervention of the UN team with the Syrian authorities to ensure that the relatives of the three victims are informed of their fate and whereabouts and to demand their immediate release and place them under the protection of the law.
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