On 30 June 2018, Human Rights Guardians addressed the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances at the United Nations on cases involving three Syrian citizens from one village, which disappeared in the governorate of Hama, west of central Syria, in the village of Safsafiya, northwest of Hama, 25 km from the city, 2 km of Mahreda in 2012. After arrest during campaigns launched by the military intelligence, and transferred to an unknown destination. Since then, their families have been unaware of their whereabouts and have not taken any action to determine their fate for fear of retaliation or arrest.
On May 7, 2012, the Military Intelligence arrested Mr. Basim Hakim Ibrahim, born in Safsafiya in 1985, married and working in his village. After he came from the Cumin harvest, a military force of five vehicles, accompanied by a military security vehicle, drove to Maharda. They entered the victim’s house and arrested him and put him in a van that accompanied them after the campaign ended
A day after his arrest, the mother of the victim and his wife reviewed the military security detachment. They met the head of the unit called Abu William and allowed them to see the victim and promised that he would help them in exchange for a sum of money. A month later he told them that things had come out of his hand and they had been transferred to the military security branch in Hama.
His brother, Ra’ed Hakim, born in 1988, married and a municipal employee. He was arrested by a military intelligence checkpoint 15 days after his brother was arrested while he was going to the city of Mahra to follow up some matters related to the municipality. He was stopped at the western Mahara Square roundabout and confiscated his motorcycle. He was arrested and taken to the military security detachment in Safsafiya, where he remained for a month and then to the military security branch in Hama and then to an unknown destination.
The third victim is Amer Hassan al-Aliawi, a farmer born in 1988
On the morning of the incident, around 7:00 AM, a military force of five cars, one of which was affiliated with the military security unit in Mharda, surrounded the neighborhood and surrounded the houses. They arrested the victim and put him in a van. He went after the raids.
The following day, the family went to the military detachment and managed to see the victim and the head of the detachment promised to release him for a sum of money. However, a month after the arrest, they replied that the order had come out of his hand and he could not help them and that the victim had been transferred to the military security branch. Then to an unknown destination and the family still does not know his fate.
In its memorandum to the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Human Rights guardians expressed concern about the fate of the victims and serious violations of their fundamental rights and explained that these cases constituted only an example of the thousands of systematic disappearances prevalent in Syria. The UN team called on the authorities to intervene with the Syrian authorities to help the relatives of the victims know the fate and whereabouts of the victims and to release them quickly and put them under the protection of the law.
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