The disappearance of a school principal and a university student by military intelligence and state security

Human Rights Guardians raised to the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances at the United Nations two cases of enforced disappearance in Syria involving Mahmud al-Bati and Muhammad al-Hamdawi, who were abducted by pro-government forces between 2013 and 2016.

The disappearance of university student Mohammed al-Bati on March 10th 2016

The State Security Forces abducted the university student as he passed through a checkpoint near the town of Tiba, from the direction of Maar-Das, where the victim intended to go to Hama to bring his “industrial high school certificate” in Hama Industrial School, his family urged him not to go but he left the town any way towards Hama city. The detainee passed through the checkpoint on the outskirts of the village. He was arrested at the checkpoint on an unknown charge. The family learned that he was transferred to the State Security Branch in Hama and then a year and eight months later he was transferred to the State Security Branch in Damascus.

Mohamed Hamdaoui Director of the preparatory school is still detained since April 1st 2013

Military security forces raided his house in Altadamon neighborhood and arrested him with two of his brothers Abdullah and Qusay. Their family searched for them everywhere. After paying a bribe of about 1 million Syrian pounds, they were able to release Abdullah and Qusay who were studying at the university. The family learned that the victim was present at the Palestine Branch for six months since his arrest, after which that his whereabouts is unknown.

Suleiman Issa, executive director of Human Rights Guardians, said: “The checkpoints and raids have allowed the Syrian authorities to carry out a systematic and widespread policy of enforced disappearance to the level of crime against humanity. The time has come for the Syrian authorities to stop this heinous practice.

The two previous cases are only examples of the victims of the systematic practice of enforced disappearances that have been rampant in the country since the beginning of the conflict.

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