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Hundreds of Homs University students, from northern rural Homs, are facing the risk of being sent to perform compulsory military service due to the military recruitment department’s refusal to grant them deferral documents though they have officially returned to the colleges they left in the past years of conflict. This took place after the students conducted a reconciliation/settlement deal, one of the terms of which provide for giving them a six-month-respite – starting from May 2018- to regularize their legal status and obtain the documents needed to prevent their recruitment, knowing that the duration is to end...
Based on the testimonies obtained by Syrians for Truth and Justice/STJ, Hossam al-Katerji, a member of the Syrian People’s Council, is recruiting young men who underwent a reconciliation/settlement deal in northern rural Hama under his affiliate armed groups. Al-Katerji is offering the young men high monthly salaries to tempt them; he also promised them that joining his forces is considered a part of the compulsory service in the Syrian Army, in addition to granting them security cards that facilitate their movement within Syria and prevent their arrest. On November 9, 2018, several of the...
The single military judge in Hama (affiliated to the military field court of Damascus) ordered the transfer of 11 civilian detainees from Hama Central Prison[1] to Saydnaya Military Prison, two days after Syrian government officials’ visits with lists[2] of judgments involving 68 inmates, which STJ managed to obtain copies of, besides testimonies from some detainees. An inmate[3] in Hama Central Prison told STJ's field researcher: "Mohammed al-Hazouri, Hama Governor, Ashraf Taha, the chief of Police Command in Hama and Firas...