Monday, September 13, 2010

Kurdish activist Abdelkarim Hussein was released and has applied for asylum to UNHCR in Turkey

September 13, 2010 by sks

According to, a website that focuses on Kurdish news in Arabic language, Kurdish activist Abdelkarim Hussein was released on 2 September 2010 after an order was made prohibiting him from leaving Syria unless he has the consent of Political Security in Aleppo.
Abdelkarim Hussein was told that he must report to Political Security in Aleppo within 24 of his release however his family feared he would be detained again like Khaled Kengo, who was rearrested by the State Security Branch in Qamishli. Abdelkarim Hussein managed to leave Syria secretly, and fled to Turkey across the border, arriving on 8 September 2010 where he applied to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for international protection.
Abdelkarim Hussein had been forcibly removed from Norway on 19 August 2010 and was arrested at Damascus International Airport. He was transferred to the Political Security Branch in Damascus. There were calls from civil society and human rights organizations in Syria and Norway not to deport him for fear of being arrested, but the Norwegian authorities continued to forcibly deported him to Syria.