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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...
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...
Executive Summary: When you sit down with Jalal, you get impressed immediately with the power of the youth in a man who is over fifty years old. As you listen to him talking, you'll soon admire his zeal mixed with his pure thoughts. It is "Jalal Nofal", who graduated as a physician and specialized as a psychiatrist after having previously spent 8.5 years in different prisons under Hafez al-Assad's period. He has also survived four detentions for his activism in the Syrian revolution and defending its peaceful components. Jalal started his intellectual life reading communist literature....