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On Sunday, 30th October 2016, the Chief of Police in Tartous province visited the central prison in response to prison protests. As reported by other prisoners, Souleiman Al Assad, who had been convicted of murder, refused to meet the Warden because he feared the Warden would change his place of detention – as reported by other prisoners. Souleiman's "supporters," who are also criminal prisoners, joined him in his protest and began to riot and cause damage to the prison. They broke all the locks on the non-cell prison doors and would not allow the police to lock other...
I Introduction: Immediate deportation from “Islamic State territories” and not returning thereafter either in Iraq or Levant (Syria) in addition to pledging never to practice journalism again; these were the conditions that journalist Masoud Akeel had to agree to before a prisoner swap agreement was concluded between the Islamic State (ISIS) and the YPG units affiliated to the ‘self-government’ which led to his release after 280 days of detention in ISIS prisons. The last sentence Masoud heard from an ISIS member before the swap was completed: “Prisoners are swapped only once here. So if you happen...
Renewed calls for Khalil Ma’touq’s release on 4th anniversary of detention: (Geneva, New York, October 04, 2016) – Syria should immediately release the Human Rights Lawyer Khalil Ma’touq and his assistant, Mohamed Thatha, 31 human rights organizations said today, on the fourth anniversary of their enforced disappearance. On October 2, 2012, the two men are believed to have been arrested at a government-operated checkpoint on their way from Ma’touq’s home in the Damascus suburb of Sahnaya to his office in Damascus.  Despite repeated requests for information to the public prosecutor’s office in Damascus in 2012 and 2013 by...