Saturday, January 30, 2010

Amnesty launches campaign for Syrian Kurds


Rudaw - According to Amnesty International four Kurdish are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment in Syria.

Hassan Saleh, Muhammad Ahmed Mustafa and Ma’rouf Mulla Ahmed - all senior members of the unauthorized Syrian Kurdish Yeketi Party in Syria - and Anwer Naso, also a member of the Yeketi Party, were arrested on 26 December by members of Political Security, one of Syria’s security agencies. Their detention came around three weeks after the men attended a Yeketi Party conference that called for autonomy in the Kurdish areas in Syria.

Amnesty International believes that the four activists are likely to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely for peacefully expressing their political opinions regarding issues relating to Kurds in Syria. It therefore urges people to sent appeals to Syrian officials before 9 March in Arabic, English, French or other languages to release the Kurdish activists

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