Human Rights Guardians HRG notifies the working group of arbitrary detention of the arbitrary arrest of two Syrian citizens

Human Rights Guardians HRG notifies the working group of arbitrary detention of the arbitrary arrest of two Syrian citizens

Geneva 1-07-2020

On July 1, Human Rights Guardians HRG addressed the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at the United Nations on cases of Syrian citizens, whose trail disappeared in Hama Governorate in western central Syria by the Air Security and Political Security Forces without reason and transferred them to an unknown destination and denied their presence since then. At that time, their families were unaware of their whereabouts, and they had taken no action to find out their fate, for fear of reprisal or arrest.

On August 8 2014, Ayman al-Nimr was arrested by political security forces after his cousin convinced him of the necessity to make a settlement of his status since all members of the neighborhood from the al-Nimr family had been placed on the wanted lists of the Political Security branch because of suspicion of their participation in peaceful demonstrations, after surrendering himself with a group From the youth of the neighborhood and entering the branch building, Ayman never got out and remained for two months in the branch with the testimony of the mayor Yahya Al-Salloum. Then he was transferred to Damascus, but his whereabouts remain unknown.

Initially, the victim was transferred from Hama Central Prison to Sednaya prison where he remained there for two months, then he was transferred to Hama Prison again and due to his illness he was operated on in the National Hama Hospital where his wife Safaa Al-Nimr and his mother Hana Salloum visited him and he remained there for a week and was returned to Sednaya, where it is said that he have been executed by firing squad, according to some witnesses there, but information confirming the account by the regime and his fate is completely unknown. After the news of his execution in Sednaya prison, his father died of a stroke.

As for the victim, Abdel Hamid Al-Salloum, the Air Force Intelligence forces arrested him in Hama when a force affiliated with the Air Security Forces stormed the village of Kafr Al-Ton on the 27th of October 2012 when they forced his older brother to summon him. They placed him handcuffed in the trunk of their car, which was heading to an unknown location. Previous detainees told the victim that Abd al-Hamid al-Salloum was in prison at the Military Intelligence Airport of Hama

After two years, his wife looked at several branches in Damascus, but to no avail.

Sulaiman Issa, executive director of Human Rights Guardians, says that the arrest of Salloum and al-Nimr is a grave breach of the fair trial guarantees stipulated in Articles 9 and 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Articles 10 and 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Families of the two victims have contacted Human Rights Guardians to file a complaint with the Working Group with arbitrary detention to ensure that the Syrian authorities respect the law, release them, and place them under the protection of the law.

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